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Jason Collins

Twitter Death Threats

After Gay Announcement

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

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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what about the rites of non gay people in this situation? I smell a lawsuit coming on! Keeping watching & listening folks!

505 days ago


Wah! Wah! Wah! More gay whining and looking for sympathy. Is Collins a man or a 12-year-old girl? If he'd spent as much time working on his shooting skills as he does worrying about who "likes" and "accepts" him, maybe he would have averaged more than a 3-basket-per-game record during his miserable career.

No one wants this COWARDLY CLOWN dead. He can screw hairy male butts until the end of time for all I care. I just wish that, in the process he would grow a pair. Stop hiding behind clueless blonde white women and whining about every little thing in your life. NO ONEs life is all roses, but REAL MEN pull up their big-boy pants and deal with it. If future generations now have to rely on gay males to run things, I guess we can all kiss civilization goodbye. They will be too busy LYING, HIDING, CRYING and SCREWING to accomplish anything. Exhibits A-Z: down low commander in chief Barack Obama, who, when forced to be away from his boyfriend, Reggie Love, can't get a damned thing accomplished.

505 days ago

Joseph Diehl    

Collins is a FREAK!!!

505 days ago


Down low... man!!! He' s a freakin liar!!!

505 days ago


buh bye career

505 days ago


What about Eddie Murphy?

505 days ago


And furthermore, if you want to see REAL death threats, just look at the emails to Sarah Palin and her DAUGHTERS. Bristol received not only death threats, but envelopes of powder while appearing on DWTS. Why? Because her family dares to be Republican. Where was TMZ's concern about THOSE threats. But here they are trying to drum up sympathy for a "man" whose announcement was geared SOLELY to make money. Since he failed as a pro ball player, he will now capitalize off of the sympathetic he is receiving, and make more money as "out and proud" than he EVER would have made in basketball. I KNOW the deal, so sell this fake "death threats" story to someone far more gullible than I.

505 days ago


You reached out to Collins for comment?? Oh, TMZ, you're such a sleazy, useless joke of a website! He already stated on a number of national TV programs that he DID NOT want comments coming from TMZ!!

505 days ago



the media covers this..but not a peep about this young girl getting death threats for defending marriage between a man and woman.

505 days ago


He should just ignore all the backlash, and move on with his life!..people are A-holes!..

505 days ago



I hope you get raped by your married parents.—madisonen;
Stupid bi**h - I hope you die on your Bday!!!!!—geminiboi007;
A dumb way for a dumb bi**h to do dumb things. Stop talking nonsense that your Christian, Anti-Gay parents are force-feeding you through a thin straw, and learn to accept other people. Now shut up bi**h, before I smack you.—123adbnvcs;

some of the vile threats sent to a 14 year old girl who defended marriage between a male and female.

505 days ago


Who cares, he's gay.... His problem... Next

505 days ago


Anyone who made those tweets are quite obviously, gigantic pu$$ies.

505 days ago


would have preferred these animals' twitter names listed beside their warped tweets. They are with no understanding of human rights in North America and should be shipped to iceland.

505 days ago


make threats against a guy who makes a spectical and comes out gay.media outrage...send threats to sarah palin ,her daughter and a 14 year old girl standing up for traditional marriage and media crickets.

505 days ago
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