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Jason Collins

I'M GAY

4/29/2013 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Washington Wizards center Jason Collins -- who's been playing in the NBA since 2001 -- has revealed he's gay ... making him the first major active American male pro athlete to come out of the closet .

Collins revealed the news in an article for Sports Illustrated ... saying, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

He continued, "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

Collins -- and his twin brother Jarron -- have been high profile athletes since high school ... when they were two of the highest rated prep players in the country.

They both went on to become standouts at Stanford ... and were each drafted into the NBA in 2001.

Jason says he didn't come out to his twin until last summer.  "I'm glad I can stop hiding and refocus on my 13th NBA season."

NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker are rallying behind Collins, tweeting messages of support.  Kobe wrote, "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others." Tony added, "Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is."

Meanwhile, NFL player Mike Wallace made a homophobic comment.

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294 COMMENTS

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106.

Mannie    

Men & Women use different rest rooms. Should gay men and straight men also have seperate locker rooms? I mean because what's the point of seperate locker rooms anyway?

452 days ago
107.

doomdaga    

F-ing ***

452 days ago
108.

dantespencer    

Proud of him. This is historical. Its one small step for man, and one giant penis for gay men!

452 days ago
109.

Norma Desomd    

Good for you Jason! You should be proud!

452 days ago
110.

Roman Moroni    

I mean REALLY does it really matter what Wallace said or didn't say; here's my point DROP IT!

452 days ago
111.

kelly    

Own who you are !!

452 days ago
112.

Katie Perry's Mini Bar Snatch    

Wait what, he has a twin?? If you're born gay how is his twin not gay? :)

452 days ago
113.

BisbeeChris    

Hey TMZ, how come you left out the part of his quote where he said it was HIS story to tell and not TMZ's????????????

452 days ago
114.

ryan    

Derek Jeter should totally come out too! We love you Derek, you're a hell'uva short stop.

452 days ago
115.

4reallikecomon    

Some guys like running into Cervix,some guys like running into hemmoroids....

452 days ago
116.

Ilya2    

There's a lot of hate on this board and in this world. Alot of you should be ashamed of yourselvs.

452 days ago
117.

agabe    

What a stand-up, guy. Great that we are seeing the tides shift on gay athletes and people in general.

452 days ago
118.

Toxicprincess    

<3

452 days ago
119.

Tabby Catt    

Good for him :)

452 days ago
120.

4reallikecomon    

You can say "former Nba player" now..

452 days ago
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