Twitter reacts to Wizards Jason Collins: first openly gay athlete of major sports



With Jason Collins, this morning becomes a “where were you when heard the news” moment. We have the first ever openly gay athlete from one of the four major sports leagues: NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL. Let the Jackie Robinson analogies to Jason Collins begin. The Jackie Robinson analogy does work on some levels, it’s flawed in other ways. But we can get to that later.

Jason Collins is the first openly gay jock who will play, and go to the locker room with his homosexual orientation public knowledge. Expect a HUGE media crush tonight when the Chicago Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA playoffs tonight.

In Jason Collins most recent game on April 17th, for the Washington Wizards versus the Chicago Bulls, Collins scored 2 points and had 3 rebounds in 17 minutes.

This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Jason Collins was drafted out of Stanford, 18th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2001. He spent this past season with the Boston Celtics and Washington, averaging 1.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg. He’s also played for Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, but he’s best known for his 7 seasons with the New Jersey Nets.

Here’s some Twitter reaction to Jason Collins.






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  1. Gus Schlueter says:

    I am sure he is not the first gay man in a major sport. The others are just to scared to come out of the closet out of fear of how they will be treated by teams, teammates, etc.

  2. paulmbanks says:

    agreed. hopefully we will see more come out.

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