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NBA Star Antawn Jamison

Let's Be Realistic

Not Everyone Will Accept Jason Collins

4/29/2013 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

042913_antawn_jamison_launch​Not everyone in the NBA is thrilled about having a gay dude in the league -- in fact, there are definitely some "closed-minded" haters who are gonna have a hard time with Jason Collins ... so says NBA star Antawn Jamison.

The Los Angeles Lakers player was hangin' out in Beverly Hills today when we asked about Jason's big announcement ... and the 36-year-old veteran had a lot to say.

Antawn -- who's been in the league since 1998 -- told us he's glad Jason came out ... and he's happy the guy can "be who he really is."

But Antawn says not everyone feels the same way -- telling us, "Of course, you're going to have some closed-minded people, let's be realistic."

"That's life."

We also asked Antawn about the ass-kicking the Lakers got from the Spurs -- and the guy had a pretty good explanation. Check out the clip.

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verlinda    

TMZ your Reporters are totally ignorant. This Man has been in the League for 12 years. In lockers rooms all over the Country with almost every team. No complaints. No " hitting" on other players.Your Reporter makes it sound like this Man is a Rapist or sexual Predator. Gay people do not, and I repeat DO NOT make sexual advances toward Straights. Please..PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF

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32.

Gothetshirt    

I agree. The team will suffer because shxt will happen where attitudes get in the way.....don't ask don't tell would be a smarter move for these guys. It should be about the team not the individual players sexual choices.

450 days ago
33.

HillbillyHell    

Jason Jus The Movie 42.

450 days ago
34.

garwilly     

That white guy with his girlfriend was checking out Antwan's a.s.s...and he did a double take to get a second look!

450 days ago
35.

jeff    

it's amazing that the african american community who know racism, lines being divided, discrimination, speak out against the gays instead of defending them from what has happened to them. yet they continue to scream racism..

450 days ago
36.

Italia    

Good grief! First we're forced to know he likes to take it in the a$$, then we're forced to give a crap.

450 days ago
37.

str8edgewriter    

If he was really brave he would have done it years ago, not as a publicity stunt as his career is winding down. It's so ridiculous how gays think the world revolves around them- NO ONE CARES. You aren't Jackie Robinson. Like, at all.

450 days ago
38.

Socalpimp    

Oh boy, he is in trouble...You have to embrace it... Or face the wrath of PC police!!!

450 days ago
39.

Deborah    

I didn't hear anything in his comment about "haters". Nothing. But TMZ added it in their little story? SMH

450 days ago
40.

Black    

They look alike

450 days ago
41.

Truth    

Now, every team in every sport will be expected to have a gay player. If not, here goes the boycotts, the special media reports, the arm waving politicians.

Because, that's how gay/pc politics works. Once they start, they want it all. And you will applaud them or you will be branded as a mental case. "phobic"

450 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Ya'll should've asked him would he still hit the showers with the guy after the game.... lmao

450 days ago
43.

CAT    

if you don't want to be treated different why come out be like the rest of the world go too work and do your job who cares with whom you sleep with ? people working at wendy's don't walk in an say hey I need a job but I am gay.

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Canada    

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450 days ago
45.

JMP    

Ture, cos too many straight guys feel threatened by gays, I dont know why, I don't feel scared when a lesbian is near me. It must me a man thing.

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