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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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16.

Elsa    

its called trolling.
dont feed into it

547 days ago
17.

FreeWill    

I would never understand those people that felt so threatened by gays that needs to threaten the life of a person. Tolerance people!

547 days ago
18.

Adam    

After having to do Kloe Kardashian, Lamar Odem is thinking of coming out gay as well

547 days ago
19.

hummingbird    

Grow up people leave him alone. So what if he's gay!!!

547 days ago
20.

Mr.Velvet    

Without pole smoker news and Lindsey Lohan, this site would have no content.

547 days ago
21.

I'm A Lawyer    

These people would be perfect citizens in the middle east.

547 days ago
22.

dale12    

Folks should just leave Collins alone...Because he is gonna have a hard enough time after coming out as it is...smh.

547 days ago
23.

DN    

Boehner and McConnell are at again!

547 days ago
24.

DN    

I wonder if a law broken making such threats? They had to register and create an account in order to send a tweet, so the authorities know who they are.

547 days ago
25.

ASH LEE    

that MOUTH & TEETH tho , yikes

547 days ago
26.

ThumbsDOWN    

No surprise here.

547 days ago
27.

EasilyHard    

Life is too friggen short to care about someone's sexual preference..The hate screams of insecurity...should he have married his beard and lived a lie for the public?

547 days ago
28.

anonrisk    

"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will." Stay brave, stay focused Mr. Collins, the good are with you.

547 days ago
29.

ioomian    

I don't get it. I just don't. Either way. Just know that for every action there is a a reaction. Everyone is not ok with him being ok so why is that not ok? To each his own in totality. Not just to a limited few who wanna be accepted. Death threats not kool & forcing my sexuality on everyone not kool either. We gotta do better people as a people.

547 days ago
30.

Jenna5960    

That's truly heartbreaking. This is exactly why people hide who they are. What a shame.

547 days ago
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