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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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61.

Honest op    

Not nearly as bad as the racist comments on TMZ

539 days ago
62.

omie    

put him on the cross.what does he think none will think about he,s coming out?be happy?go to hell.

539 days ago
63.

AnnaR    

Not at all surprised by the vile comments, ugliness seems to be the norm these days. This society is doomed – Jesus take the wheel and turn this rig into a wall already!

539 days ago
64.

marvin nubwaxer    

i am all over the web and especially political sites that have a comment section. the level of rabid ignorance, hatered and racism is something i have never seen in my 62 years here on earth.
i have no idea who this guy is but i hope there is some investigation into the death threats that ends in arrests and prosecution.
i also thought it was the most disgraceful threats ever when rebecca black was threatened for a song that got at least 160... million views. small ignorant bigots have no life and resent everyone who works above their minimum wage pay grade and moronic iq level.

539 days ago
65.

Art Fugue    

I'm sure these death threats are from people who oppose homosexuality because they are principled Christians. :roll

539 days ago
66.

BellaJ    

That is sad. Live and let live

539 days ago
67.

ioomian    

So now as a non gay nnba player do I have a rite to my sexuality? Must I share a locker room with a man who looks or possibly views me as a poential sex mate? Where are my rites! LAWSUITE!!! This guy is gonna single handed ruin of not dismantle the NBA! Keep watching. Its not ok with everyone & thats also a right!

539 days ago
68.

CamJ    

These comments are beyond homophobic...they're sociopathic

539 days ago
69.

OS2Guy    

The FBI and government authorities should be tracking these haters down and taking action against them for the threats. These haters are very sick.

539 days ago
70.

jimi    

sad

539 days ago
71.

joethaplumber    

Wow! really sounds like the next Boston bombers right their. smh (not)

539 days ago
72.

GoldenAngel    

If I remember correctly we are all born alone and DIE alone. So this man's sexuality is not mine to judge. I got my own SINS to right.

539 days ago
73.

shannon    

All of the people in here obsessed with gay sex need to take a good look at themselves. I think it is so strange how when someone comes out, all bigots do is complain how you do not want someones sex life shoved in your face, yet you are all the first to let your imagination give you detailed fantasies about what is going on in someones bedroom. He said he was gay, he did not talk about his sex life.
When I tell people I am married nobody freaks out and tells me to keep my sexual activity to myself. What if the difference?

539 days ago
74.

paul a.    

Twitter death threats are bulls%^^t! Anyone who would do that cant be that dangerous.

539 days ago
75.

4reallikecomon    

ADAM AND EVE...NOT ADAM AND STEVE....

539 days ago
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