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Wizards C Jason Collins revealed he is gay, making him the first openly homosexual athlete in the history of major American team sports.

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Just heard this news on the radio, on my way to work.

I certainly hope that his family, current/former teammates, and the world will show him a wealth of support.

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It'll be a fine, fine day in this world where this type of revelation won't be considered newsworthy. Good for him and good luck to him. Apparently his twin brother was thunderstruck when Jason told him. Apparently, twins don't share everything. He's also an UFA so hopefully this has no impact on his ability to find a job.

Let's all try to keep comments on this subject above board. Thanks.

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Good for him. Must have been tough being a closeted gay man playing in the NBA. And being a 7-footer makes it difficult for any type of privacy in public.

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Best of luck to Collins. It takes a lot of courage to be a pioneer and to break barriers, so kudos to Jason Collins for coming out. Let's hope his revelation breaks down the barrier so that athletes being gay isn't viewed as a big deal anymore.

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Only a matter of time before other athletes follow suit, its 2013 no longer a big deal to come out. Now waiting on Te'o to do the same.

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Good for him. I hate Stanford but I respect the hell out of the guy for coming out.

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Real good to see. You can tell that its tough to be gay in sports when a guy who's made millions and has had a pretty easy life due to sport says stuff like this

I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew.

This gives young, gay athletes someone to look up to and relate to. This is a real good thing.

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And here we go, from the receiver who only runs 1 route in the NFL:

... Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace!!

Just HOURS after NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay, 26-year-old Wallace took right to Twitter to provide the first ignorant comment.

“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin' my head) …”

30 minutes later, Wallace deleted his tweet and replaced it with a half-assed explanation:

"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/29/jason-collins-mike-wallace-twitter-tweet-homophobic/

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And here we go, from the receiver who only runs 1 route in the NFL:

... Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace!!

Just HOURS after NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay, 26-year-old Wallace took right to Twitter to provide the first ignorant comment.

“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin' my head) …”

30 minutes later, Wallace deleted his tweet and replaced it with a half-assed explanation:

"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

http://www.tmz.com/2...eet-homophobic/

Lol...I feel the same way Mike. I like how the media spins anyone with a varying opinion from theirs. They are labeled homophobic or a bigot. I'm over other peoples love lives. Let gays marry and come out in public. Society changes.

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Ok... But he's still irrelevant to me.

Great size but not very talented, just a big to absorb fouls that amazingly still plays (get paid to be depth) in the NBA. If I'm not wrong this dude was a Nets member in that 2003 NBA finals against San Antonio, and that my friends, represent a truly testament to the mediocre level of that eastern conference in those days.

I don't even see this as news, but oh well...

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It must have been hard to make the decision to come out like that, and good on him.

My biggest concern now is that he is a UFA and an end of the bench type player (let's face it, he is not a difference maker!). Will teams now feel obliged to make offers or risk sounding like they are discriminating against him?

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And here we go, from the receiver who only runs 1 route in the NFL:

... Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace!!

Just HOURS after NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay, 26-year-old Wallace took right to Twitter to provide the first ignorant comment.

“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin' my head) …”

30 minutes later, Wallace deleted his tweet and replaced it with a half-assed explanation:

"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

http://www.tmz.com/2...eet-homophobic/

Should've just kept his thoughts inside his mind instead of tweeting it then saying sorry.

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Only a matter of time before other athletes follow suit, its 2013 no longer a big deal to come out. Now waiting on Te'o to do the same.

Pure Gold.

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And here we go, from the receiver who only runs 1 route in the NFL:

... Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace!!

Just HOURS after NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay, 26-year-old Wallace took right to Twitter to provide the first ignorant comment.

“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin' my head) …”

30 minutes later, Wallace deleted his tweet and replaced it with a half-assed explanation:

"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

http://www.tmz.com/2...eet-homophobic/

Should've just kept his thoughts inside his mind instead of tweeting it then saying sorry.

If people are expressing these views in the public forum you can imagine what gets said in the locker room away from the media.

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Good for Jason. He is a definite role model for others to follow. Also, although what Mike said was distasteful, he is allowed to have his own opinion.

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It'll be a fine, fine day in this world where this type of revelation won't be considered newsworthy. Good for him and good luck to him. Apparently his twin brother was thunderstruck when Jason told him. Apparently, twins don't share everything. He's also an UFA so hopefully this has no impact on his ability to find a job.

Let's all try to keep comments on this subject above board. Thanks.

true, as long as the opposite holds true, that those who have reasons for not approving of homosexuality itself are allowed to state that fact without fear of retribution themselves. will be interesting to see what happens with Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Collins made sexuality an announcement, and in response to that Broussard gave his opinion without being anti-Jason Collins.

Discrimination against either would be wrong.

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And here we go, from the receiver who only runs 1 route in the NFL:

... Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace!!

Just HOURS after NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay, 26-year-old Wallace took right to Twitter to provide the first ignorant comment.

“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin' my head) …”

30 minutes later, Wallace deleted his tweet and replaced it with a half-assed explanation:

"Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

http://www.tmz.com/2...eet-homophobic/

Should've just kept his thoughts inside his mind instead of tweeting it then saying sorry.

He's entitled to his opinion, just like everyone else. Not everyone has to agree with his lifestyle or decision.

Regardless, I personally find the story irrevelant because he's an irrevelant basketball player. In other words, he had nothing to loose. When an All-Star/HoF caliber player comes out at the peak of his career then it will be big deal IMO.

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It'll be a fine, fine day in this world where this type of revelation won't be considered newsworthy. Good for him and good luck to him. Apparently his twin brother was thunderstruck when Jason told him. Apparently, twins don't share everything. He's also an UFA so hopefully this has no impact on his ability to find a job.

Let's all try to keep comments on this subject above board. Thanks.

This! I wish we could just fast forward this entire process of people adjusting to the fact that homosexuality is a part of society.

But how he is he the first active player? He's not even on a team and may have already played his last game in the NBA. Call me cynical, but is this really "bravery?" Public figures have been coming out for years now. It's not like he came out, while still on a team, and had to face reactions from teammates, coaches, and other players. Even before this announcement, it was highly unlikely he was going to get picked up. He's a below average player, past his prime.

I just don't get the hype and adulation that comes from people coming out. Most of the country supports, acknowledges, and has no issue with gay individuals. Those that do have a problem are in the small minority and that group continues to shrink.

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Most of the country supports, acknowledges, and has no issue with gay individuals. Those that do have a problem are in the small minority and that group continues to shrink.

What country do you live in, because it sure as hell isn't America.

What Chris Broussard said is majority opinion. Ask yourself this, if most people have supports, acknowledges, no issue with gay individuals why does the majority of states not support gay marriage?

This is one of those cases where the people who support gays are in the minority but cares a lot more and more access with the media so it seems like everyone "supports it" unfortunately the vast majority of the US is against it.

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Most of the country supports, acknowledges, and has no issue with gay individuals. Those that do have a problem are in the small minority and that group continues to shrink.

What country do you live in, because it sure as hell isn't America.

What Chris Broussard said is majority opinion. Ask yourself this, if most people have supports, acknowledges, no issue with gay individuals why does the majority of states not support gay marriage?

This is one of those cases where the people who support gays are in the minority but cares a lot more and more access with the media so it seems like everyone "supports it" unfortunately the vast majority of the US is against it.

The Gallup, ABC, NBC, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal have conducted polls in which over 50% supported gay rights/same sex marriage. It's a recent trend, but it's rapidly moving towards full support of gay rights. Which also explains why senators, on both sides, are, one by one, coming out in favor of same sex marriage.

As for the majority of states not supporting gay marriage, it's coming. This is a relatively recent phenomenon. We already have 9 states that support same sex marriage, RI is on the verge of becoming number 10, Minnesota is going to be putting legislation forward in the near future, as well as some other states. Give it another 2-3 years.

I'm not going to make this an overall argument about gay rights and derail the thread. I'm just saying, there are many more people, now, that support gay individuals, or at the very least, have no issues with them.

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I'd bet that most people who are against gay marriage or have negative opinions of gay people are older than, say, 50. I'm 26 and I really don't personally know anyone in my general age group who cares if gay people get married or have negative opinions of gay people. I'm not religious at all and I don't know many religious people, so my view is skewed in that sense. In high school and college, I knew openly gay people and it just wasn't a big deal. If you've been around gay people who you like and respect as human beings, then it is really hard to have a negative view of them, as it is with any group of people.

I'm sure a lot of people who are really against gay rights haven't really been around an openly gay person and talked to them. They probably have a very broad, stereotypical view of who gay people are. That Mike Wallace comment is very typical of someone who is just completely ignorant about the subject. It's fine if he has those views, that's his prerogative, but they're obviously very ignorant. Again, I don't have religious convictions and understand that shapes a lot of people's views.

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My biggest concern now is that he is a UFA and an end of the bench type player (let's face it, he is not a difference maker!). Will teams now feel obliged to make offers or risk sounding like they are discriminating against him?

I have to think that, generally speaking, signing Jason Collins is a spectacular PR move for any team, especially one in a city with a strong gay community (and a very small anti-gay minority). For a team that doesn't necessarily need that last bench spot to develop a young player, signing Collins for the veteran minimum has got to be a win-win. The team would look progressive and accepting in the public eye, and they'd probably draw more fans.

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