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Jason Collins

Twitter Death Threats

After Gay Announcement

5/1/2013 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's not all love for the first major (active) pro athlete to come out of the closet ... NBA player Jason Collins has also been the target of online death threats since announcing he's gay.

The homophobic threats began appearing on Twitter right after Jason's big coming-out interview with Sports Illustrated. Among the venom ...

-- "Yous a dead f****t talkn on tv Boy."
-- "Listening to Jason Collins describe his gayness as 'beautiful' makes me wanna puke. And kill him."
-- "Jason collins comes out the closet! Kill that biiitttchhhh!!!"
-- "First jason collins say he gay.. Now he on espn w lipgloss on  kill him now !!!"
-- "Jason Collins should get the death penalty lol how u a 7 foot gay dude lol the west is crazy smh"

In the S.I. article, Collins says he doesn't expect everyone to embrace him ... but it's unclear if he expected this kind of hatred.

We reached out to Collins for comment -- so far, no word back.

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jackmama311    

amanda bynes just tweeted she wants collins to murder harvey's vagina!

537 days ago
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Bmorecurlyguy    

Way to give negativity a stage tmz. Your site blows. And this all will scare Harvey out of revealing he too is gay

537 days ago
3.

guy    

And people REALLY wonder why a young gay teen has such a difficult time accepting themselves?
Even if these morons are a small group, it's their violent vicious comments that heavily impact our gay youth.
Imagine if your father or mother spoke this way.....

537 days ago
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Glory Bee    

Oh spare me. EVERY person in the public eye gets "death threats". Saying "die" or "I want to kill him" are verbal expressions. Typical Harvey. Over play anything gay. Yet he has no problem hammering others. hypocrite.

537 days ago
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"Carlton"    

Wow! hahaha....... Straight Americans are standing resilient! We refused to let these homosexuals invade the political aspects of The United States!

537 days ago
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JT    

The U.S.A. is the same as Iran with dumber, less educated, more religious, fat people.

537 days ago
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cemetaryroad    

sad. some people need to keep it to themselves. i hope those losers get prosecuted or sued for making threats... smh

537 days ago
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gossipgirl86    

I think it is so lame to get on twitter say the crap these people are saying. This man does not effect those people's lives in anyway. What he chooses to do is on him. SMH...just LAME.

537 days ago
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firebaby    

only one of those sounds like an actual threat... the rest is just normal internet bull.... "raped my childhood", "omg i literally died laughing!", "no iphone 5? kill yourself now please"....

537 days ago
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Candace29    

That is so lame to say "kill him" or want to harm him.
Those people are ignorant and hateful. Keep your harmful thoughts to yourself.

537 days ago
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amazinglybored    

He should have expected this response, there are some ****ing vile people in this world.

537 days ago
12.

jjbythesea    

Are you first 4 commenters serious? He was fine until he said the word "gay"..WTF? Just what are you afraid of?

537 days ago
13.

Adam    

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the anus....

537 days ago
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72183    

Sometimes you gotta question the motive of people coming out the way he did! I don't condone those threatening him at all but plastering your face all over sports magazine to announce that you are gay is itself crazy! I honestly think he never did want to come out! The money offered for him to be on that magazine might have tempted him and those interviews that he is giving out to different media outlets beat believe are paying him!

537 days ago
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St James III    

Sorry but "Death Threats" are pretty common on the internet. I gotta death threat just because i said i liked a song on youtube. WHAT!?!?! YOU LIKE JUSTIN BEIBER?!? I'MA KILL YOU!! haha aha hah ........ by the way i just kinda like the song. **shrug**

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