Late this morning, news broke that Washington Wizards player Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated that he is gay, making him the first athlete from a major American team sport to come out of the closet.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” the 34-year-old center admitted the magazine.
Collins said he was inspired to come out in part by the bombings in Boston.
“The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?”
“I assumed that there were other out players. I guess I just never thought about it,” Producer Angie said. “I wonder if more will come out now. “
“To be African American, male, center, literally the position on the team, strong…it’s wonderful. What a great day,” Carson added. “This could be the floodgate that opens and maybe men and women will feel more comfortable in their sport to have a place to come forward and start living their lives.”
Athletes, celebrities, and even a former President immediately took to Twitter to weigh in on this groundbreaking moment in sports history.
Read Collins’ entire interview with Sports Illustrated here.
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