NBA offers support to Jason Collins after his decision to come out
|04.29.13 at 1:33 pm ET|
There has been overwhelmingly positive response to former Celtics center Jason Collins‘ revelation Monday that he is gay. Collins revealed his homosexuality in a first-person article he wrote for Sports Illustrated.
NBA commissioner David Stern made his support clear in a statement released shortly after the article was posted on the web.
“As [deputy NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and [twin brother] 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.”
Collins, 34, is a free agent after playing out the season with the Wizards following his trade from Boston in February.
“We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfield said in a statement. “He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career. Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.”
A number of NBA players also offered encourgament via Twitter.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 29, 2013
— Kenneth Faried (@KennethFaried35) April 29, 2013
— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) April 29, 2013
- Should the Boston Celtics Still be Tanking?
- Kris Humphries Seizing the Moment, Leads Boston Celtics past Denver...
- Despite a scare, Jordan Crawford and the Celtics beat the Nuggets, 106-98
- Celtics hoping to ground the high flying Nuggets
- Boston Celtics Daily Links 12/6
- Carmelo Anthony recruiting Rajon Rondo to the Knicks
- Could the Celtics make a move for Greg Monroe?