Reaction has been pouring in since Jason Collins announced Monday that he was gay. Athletes from around the NBA world are reacting. Check out the chatter below.
David Stern, NBA commissioner
"As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue."
"I’m proud of him. I’m proud that he’s able to feel comfortable in his own skin and be who he is and comfortable enough to come out. I’m pretty sure he feels free and feels like he can live a little bit. The world is different now. This is what the world is today, and I’m happy that he had the courage to do that."
Jamal Crawford, Clippers guard (played two seasons with Collins in Atlanta)
"He was one of the coolest teammates. He was always professional. He was actually one of the reasons we beat Orlando (in the playoffs) my second year there because we didn’t have to double team. He did a good job on Dwight straight up. I think he’s very courageous. I’m very proud of him."
Vinny Del Negro, Clippers head coach
"It’s everyone’s personal decision. He’s been in the league a long time. That’s the way he wanted to handle it. Everyone’s personality and everyone’s situation is a little bit different. If it makes him happy and he’s comfortable, I applaud him for having the courage to come out the way he is. If that fits his lifestyle and fits making him happy, that’s the most important thing."
Steve Nash, Lakers guard
"I think it's great that Jason stepped up and did what he had to do to live his life the best for him. It's time somebody did it and Jason has my utmost respect."
Metta World Peace, Lakers forward
"People should be whoever they want to be. Jason's gay ... fine. It's his life. Everyone should be free to express themselves whether they live in a free country or not. I'm wearing a Cookie Monster T-shirt here today because that's what I felt like wearing."
Robert Sacre, Lakers center
"I have no problem with homosexuality at all. I don't think there will be any problem with him in the locker room. If a guy just goes out and plays hard, we're all part of the same team. What someone does with their life off the floor is fine with me."
Andrew Goudelock, Lakers guard
"It doesn't matter to me what someone does in their personal life as long as it doesn't affect the team in a negative. On the floor is what matters."
Jason Collins showed a lot of courage today and I respect him for taking a stand and choosing to live in his truth. #nbafamily— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) April 29, 2013
"I am really proud of him. I know it's not an easy thing to do. He obviously showed a lot of courage. To come out in the sporting world and in this environment is a very difficult thing. It doesn't change in any way how I view him or I feel about him. If anything, it's a really good thing for our culture."
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks forward
"That was going to happen. Gay people are a part of our society. We live with them, they are our friends, they are our coworkers and now they are our teammates. It was going to happen someday or another, it just happened to be today. From what I know of Jason, he's a good guy and a good teammate. It's something that everybody knew was going to happen at one point."
Mike Dunleavy, Bucks forward/guard
"I thought it was great for the LGBT community. Knowing him in the past and having played against him, I just don't think of guys in terms of sexual preference, who they like, who they date. I don't want to say it's not a big deal because people are making a big deal out of it, (but) if it makes him more happy or more comfortable, good for him. Hopefully it encourages other people, if they want to do that, to come out. Hopefully it's a step in the right direction for professional sports and our society."
All the support I have received today is truly inspirational. I knew that I was choosing the road less traveled but I'm not walking it alone— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) April 29, 2013