In what is a historic day in pro sports, an active team sports player has willingly come out and said he is gay. Jason Collins announced it Monday in front of a Sports Illustrated piece that will come out soon. ESPN.com has a large piece on Collins, which can be seen in part below:
NBA commissioner David Stern commended Collins for his announcement.
“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. 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,” Stern said in a statement.
Jason’s twin brother, Jarron Collins, played for 10 seasons in the NBA, last with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010-11.
The NBA Players Association also said in a statement that it supported Collins.
“As Jason wrote, pro basketball is a family, and he has and always will be our brother. The NBPA is dedicated to fighting for the best interests of and uniting all players regardless of race, creed, color, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. Today is another example that we are intent on continuing that work.
“We congratulate Jason for having the courage to ‘raise his hand,’ as he wrote in his story, and start the conversation.”
The reaction of other active players has always been a question when it comes to an athlete in a major sport coming out. Other players don’t get any bigger than Kobe Bryant, who tweeted his support Monday.
“Proud of @jasoncollins34,” the tweet read. “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU”
For the entire piece, log on to http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9223657/jason-collins-first-openly-gay-active-player.
In other NBA news, only two conference quarterfinal series’ have ended as the Miami Heat swept the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs in four straight. Here is the rest of series’ as of this morning:
Indiana and Atlanta are tied at 2-2
Chicago leads Brooklyn 3-2
New York leads Boston 3-1
Oklahoma City leads Houston 3-1
Golden State leads Denver 3-1
LA Clippers and Memphis are tied 2-2
*For more, log on to www.nba.com.
The Chicago Bulls had a chance to eliminate the Brooklyn Nets last night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarter-final series but fell to the Nets, 110-91.
The Miami Heat await the winner of the Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets series after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in their first round series. The Heat are the defending NBA Champions.
Tonight, two Game 5’s take place in the Western Conference as the Denver Nuggets host the Golden State Warriors while the Los Angeles Clippers welcome in the Memphis Grizzles.