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David Stern issues statement in support of Jason Collins coming out as gay

Apr 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

Celtics center Collins grabs a rebound away from  Hawks guard Korver in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta Reuters

Jason Collins is the first active NBA player, the first active American major team sport athlete, to come out as gay. He did so Monday in what will be viewed as a watershed moment.

Collins also will not be the last to come out. David Stern knows that and struck the right tone in issuing a statement in support of Collins.

“As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family,” Stern said. “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.”

One of the first current or former players to comment was Baron Davis, who has worked this postseason as an analyst on NBA TV these playoffs. He went to twitter.

  1. blackandbluedivision - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Yikes. So he’s a free agent…It’ll be interesting to see if he gets picked up. How many GM’s will stay away? Then comes the controversy every GM will face: Is he not picked up/given playing time/or cut again because he can’t play…too old…or GAY?

    Why couldn’t he come out when he was a member of a team?

  2. hooockey - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Congratulations to Jason Collins for having the courage to be himself. I am a straight man who fully supports gay rights.

    To haters of gays who consider them to be perverts: yes, some gay people are perverts, just as some straight people are perverts. But most gay people are normal people in committed relationships.

    Many haters are just ignorant. It is good to see that some, like Hardaway, eventually mature and learn, and change their minds becoming supporters of gay rights.

    To the people who fill up the interwebs with homophobic statements: It makes you look like you are secretly gay yourself, and make those comments to hide your gayness. Any straight person who is secure in your sexuality should have no problem with gay people, as they do not threaten straights in any way. Think of it this way: the more gay men there are, the more women that are available! Gay haters: I hope you can find some therapy to help you accept your inner gayness, so you don’t feel the need to criticize your people so nobody suspects you are gay. Did Collins ever slur gays when he was closeted? No.

    Hopefully some day, gayness is just thought of an another example of human variety.

    I salute you, Jason

  3. fanofevilempire - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Doesn’t matter to me, I remember the brothers @Stanford and when Jason was on the Nets.
    I wish him nothing but the best.

  4. asublimeday - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Good for him. Hope the bigots of the world keep their mouths shut.

  5. Gamera the Brave - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Sadly, if you look at the other PBT thread, you will see that the bigots of the world still display their lack of tolerance and intelligence…

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Oh boy, here we go.

  7. patfic15 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Sad that this is news. Who cares?

  8. patfic15 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    By the way, if you don’t agree with the lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you’re a bigot. Just means you have a difference of opinion. Everybody has their walks, this is Collins’.

    • bowens3181 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      First of all yes, this is most definitely news. This is a big deal, and those unable to see that are either to stupid or are scared of the precedent that it sets.

      Secondly, the fact that you referred to it as a “lifestyle” shows ho ignorant you really are. Being gay is not a choice. It is something people are born as, the same way people are born white, black, male, female, etc. It is not a lifestyle, it is who they are as people. And yes, even if you try and be all “everyone is entitled to their opinion, if you don’t agree with people being gay, you are a bigot. It it no different than being racist or sexist; simply because you don’t run around shouting your opinions doesn’t make them anymore correct.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially

      Yeah, it makes you a bigot.

      • patfic15 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Andy…thank you for the PC moment. I prefer the term “disagreement”.

    • desertdudepalmdesert - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Being a Gay Man is no more of a Life”STYLE” than being a heterosexual man is a life”STYLE.” Bigots, as well as the Religious Right, act like all humans have the ability and talent to change their sexuality like they change their hair color.

  9. allen227 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Hope all the politically correct people are happy. The ones that want to educate everybody.

    • bougin89 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      It’s one thing to “disagree” so to speak about someone’s sexual preference, and then their is being a bigot about it. You’re comment above places you in the bigot category.

  10. allen227 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I agree patfic15 but that’s all those politically correct people. If anybody disagrees with them, we’re bigots or racists.

    • bowens3181 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM


  11. pdidit09 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Good for you Jason. Great news for the entire professional world of sports and the entire world.

  12. Chris Ross - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Honestly, what else is David Stern going to do? Great for Jason Collins to get all this support but David Stern really shouldn’t be commended for doing anyhting special. Just doing what any person with any sort of common sense would do.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      yeah, he couldn’t say he was against it.

  13. chrislam111288 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Surprised Stern didn’t fine him.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      are you crazy. the PR is priceless.

    • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Not him personally, but he’ll probably fine the Spurs. Never mind that this has nothing to do with the Spurs, he just likes to fine them. If this were the NFL, it’d be the Saints.

  14. allen227 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Thanks Andy. Go be politically correct somewhere else

    • andyhr17 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Will do. Keep on keeping on being a bigot. All I can do is give the definition of a bigot. You can live it.

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