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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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joethaplumber    

A pornstars or doctors will tell you that anal anything is an unhealthy and unnatural act. Things are not supposed to go up that hole. It can cause complications for Males or females.

544 days ago
122.

Cami    

Congrats?

544 days ago
123.

4reallikecomon    

Isnt this guy a "low post"player? Guys gon be slapping this guys hands away contstantly

544 days ago
124.

CLINT    

"I'm 34, I'm black, and I'm gay." Had this been a white player and he said they same other than being black, that would be the uproar here. Who cares what color, religion or sexual preferance you live your life by. This is America where you can now be whatever you want, other than another race.

544 days ago
125.

Nik    

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't that Raptors #22 Forward come out a long time ago?

544 days ago
126.

David A. Patterson Jr.    

I know that u can do as u please in this world but same sex relationships are wrong.In my eyes.But that is all soceity has been pushing on the youth for decades.So all those kids are adults now.Look what's happend.Everyone wants to be gay or bi.Then the want people like Magic Johnsons son to b the poster boy to say messing with the same gender is cool.We live in a messed up world. Not knocking Magics son either. Just using his name as an example.But we all know what I mean.

544 days ago
127.

David A. Patterson Jr.    

I always knew cause he played like he was frooty. U can see it in a lot of them. I know is is far from the only one.

544 days ago
128.

isitin    

Enough is enough!!!!.

544 days ago
129.

lazypadawan    

Zzzzzz...nowadays, coming out is known as a "career boost."

544 days ago
130.

HappYdayZ    

because of pro sports not having gay players come out you can say this its breaking news, guess i'm just tired of the gay topic at this point its over played, i'm unimpressed, uninterested by it all at this point

544 days ago
131.

Spicy mag    

Bring on the male groupies!

544 days ago
132.

LovinLife    

Good for him! No need to hide who you are anymore. God bless you!

544 days ago
133.

Fuck Off TMZ    

I am SO SICK of gay people. Go back in the closet! God everyone wants to be gay. Gay gay gay. Ever since the world said it was ok there is one a day popping up.

544 days ago
134.

NickyB    

Wish I could analogize the son of a bitch to Jackie Robinson, but I can't...because he sucks. #HitEm
http://hitemwheretheyaint.com/im-disappointed-that-jason-collins-is-the-first-gay-active-professional-athlete-there-i-said-it/

544 days ago
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Danielle123    

@David A Patterson Jr. : Just as society has been pushing heterosexuality for CENTURIES. You sound flat out ignorant. Why do you think there are so many closeted gays afraid to come out? Because our sick society has pushed the belief that heterosexuality is the only way and anything else is "blasphemy". It's complete bull****. There have been gays centuries ago, just as there are gays today. The difference is that people can openly come out now whereas just a few decades ago they were being brutally beaten for who they were. ****, it still happens today. I'm so tired of people who are against homosexuality acting like gays are pushing their beliefs on them when you all have done nothing but push your Christian BS beliefs on THEM.

544 days ago
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