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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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Cold Azz Honkey    

Yeah buddy

441 days ago
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Sashatree    

If you're still homophobic in 2013 - you're in trouble.

441 days ago
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72183    

Why are people who don't accept other people's life style chooses called close minded? Not everyone is supposed to accept other people's choices just as much some people don't support polygamy?? Damn damn damn!

441 days ago
4.

Simone    

Antawn's the man. Go HEELS!

441 days ago
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Mstudammuch    

I agree with him n I'm bisexual... Not everyone will accept it but its not the end of the world... Wallace didn't say anything malicious he was just expressing his opinion n what's wrong with that?... Ppl need to lighten up bc this is the world we live in... Even though what Collins did is heroic but one person coming out isn't goin to change the worlds opinion... Hell there are still racist ppl in the world today n thought we crossed that bridge decades ago but I still get scared if I charter unknown territory where there r whites only bc white supremacy is still very much alive...

441 days ago
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"Carlton"    

I agree, with Antwan Jamison he couldn't have said it any better. Stop trying to force us straight American people to accept homosexuality -_-

441 days ago
7.

Ace    

Remember, it doesn't matter if you are straight or gay, you always dribble before you shoot....and I'm not talking basketball.

441 days ago
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Soda pop    

The jocks will have to be flexible there good at that

441 days ago
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Elizabeth Alan    

Are there never any women in the locker rooms? Just because we are around naked does not mean one lusts. We are allowed to admire God's creations without making it sexual regardless of gender.

441 days ago
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Me Too    

The question isn't "Will everyone accept him?" - It's about paving the way for others, and not being ashamed of who you are.

441 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

It's just reality.

441 days ago
12.

LarryP    

So let me get this "straight": if you respect a person who's gay, you also have to give them unconditional support, agree with him, treat him as special? You MUST accept any gay person regardless of what they do and their beliefs?

Who cares if he's gay; he deserves no more, no less than anyone else. That means you don't need to accept every gay whatever the cir***stance. For those who want gay people to be put on a pedestal, that's just as bad as being a bigot.

Maybe I'll be less miffed if people spent more time taking better care of their kids than talking about someone who's gay. Gay people can be just as stupid and irresponsible as straight people.

441 days ago
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Truth    

OH MAN.. LET'S B REALZ... IF EVERY1 AGREED WITH EVERY1 ELSE ALL THE LAME ASS REALITY SHOWS WUD B CANCELED, POINT BLANK!! HMM, ON 2ND THOT - DATS A GOOD THING. #TRUTH!!

441 days ago
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jdub    

Some people tolerate things they may not agree with some lash out. We could say the same thing for so many other situations. Personally, I don't understand how someone else's sexual preferences could offend another. It's not your life, you're not making their choices, why do you care? It's not like your insults will change their minds anyway. It's not worth wasting your time, if you don't agree with it just ignore it.

441 days ago
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bchillin    

Soooo....he came out that he loves ****....why do we all have to know...tmi....no other way to put it....sooo what good for you.....you'll b d leagued...t bagged....lol.....before you know it....cruel yes.....but truth...wish you butt pluggin well my friend....lol!!

441 days ago
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