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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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KateSeeley    

Justin Fashanu was the world's first openly gay sports player. And then there was Gareth Thomas who came out in 2009. Get it right TMZ.

353 days ago
122.

Jenny    

Why is this still news?? Great, he is gay. Fine. Whatever floats your boat. Who cares!

Remember, Ellen making this much news about her coming out cost herself a tv show. Just saying...

353 days ago
123.

John223    

Why aren't you posting the names of the people sending these tweets?

352 days ago
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germanchocolatemix    

Fwd: okay I'm full hot about this ****ing gay basketball player bull****. First of all who gives a **** that he's gay and what he does behind closed doors secondly he's washed up in at the end of his career 3rd why is the president of the United States calling this mother ****er to congratulate him for coming out of the ****ing closet ... who gives a **** doesn't the president have more important things to do then call a ****in gay ****in basketball player.... ****!! Pass a budget A$$h0le!!!

352 days ago
125.

Bill    

This crap needs to stop, how is him being gay affecting anyone?

345 days ago
126.

Da_Stampede    

Hitler waz gay...he ran an army and slaughtered millionz of Jewz by order. Alexander the Great

248 days ago
127.

Da_Stampede    

I hate lesbianz...they taken our jobz!! [get it]

248 days ago
128.

emmyg    

Who cares if he is gay? My god its 2013!!!! Get the hell over the anti gay crap already.

239 days ago
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