Collins thanks supporters after coming out

Collins thanks supporters after coming out
April 29, 2013, 6:45 pm
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It's been a monumental day in sports, as Jason Collins announces that he is gay, and is the first current athlete in the four major sports to come out.

Collins had been quiet on Twitter throughout the day as he received an outpouring of tweets from supporters, but took to Twitter in the evening to express his thanks.

We've already documented support via Twitter from fellow athletes right here, but here are more Tweets and statements from politicians around America, Nets GM Billy King, and the NBPA.

Congressman Joe Kennedy:

"For as long as I've known Jason Collins he has been defined by three things: his passion for the sport he loves, his unwavering integrity, and the biggest heart you will ever find. Without question or hesitation, he gives everything he's got to those of us lucky enough to be in his life. I'm proud to stand with him today and proud to call him a friend."

Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King:

“Jason Collins was a vital member of the New Jersey Nets for six and a half years, and as an executive with a competing NBA team, I always respected the standard he set for team play and the example he set for the league in playing with integrity and purpose. He exemplifies everything we look for in players, and for those players and associates within our organization, our primary focus is creating the most accepting and respectful environment for everyone to succeed.”

Statement on behalf of the NBPA executive committee:

"The NBPA supports Jason Collins and his announcement today.  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."