Celebrities React to NBA Star Jason Collins Coming Out as Gay
Celebrities are sounding off on Twitter about Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. Appearing on the new cover of Sports Illustrated on Monday, the basketball player writes, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Now, Hollywood is taking to social media to react to the historical moment and applaud Collins’ decision. Check out what stars are saying below!
“@sinow: This week’s cover featuring @jasoncollins34: bit.ly/187UOOF” awesome, amazing, game changer.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) April 29, 2013
Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA. bit.ly/ZLei9F
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 29, 2013
Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend. wjcf.co/154piCi
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 29, 2013
“@sinow: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” – Jason Collins bit.ly/12J9el5”an inspiring, courageous piece.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 29, 2013
A heartfelt congrats to all of major league sports first openly gay athlete, Jason Collins, for “coming out of the locker room.”
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 29, 2013
So proud of @jasoncollins34 for having the courage to stand up and out for who he is. I support, respect and salute you!!
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) April 29, 2013
big MAZEL to #JasonCollins! We talked with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar abt gays in the NBA on last night’s After Show bravotv.com/watch-what-hap…
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) April 29, 2013
Congrats @jasoncollins34 !! Giant leap for sports – and the conversation continues!sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/…
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) April 29, 2013
Love this RT @richarddeitsch: Jason Collins wore No. 98 last year as a tribute to Matthew Shepard. Bravo. Respect: bit.ly/12J9el5 ”
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) April 29, 2013
The time has come. Maximum respect. RT @baron_davis: I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. … tmi.me/TGSBh
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 29, 2013
With trails to blaze and banners to carry, Jason Collins seems perfect for it all. And here’s to all the remarkable steps he’ll now take….
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) April 29, 2013
Amazing story! Thanks brave @jasoncollins34: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” bit.ly/12J9el5
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 29, 2013
I dunno who you are Jason Collins but I am extremely proud of you if that means anything.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 29, 2013
Amazing articleRT @sinow: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” – Jason Collins bit.ly/12J9el5
— tabatha coffey (@tabathacoffey) April 29, 2013
proud of Washington Wizards’ player Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) for coming out. we will stand with you as you continue on your journey.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 29, 2013
Jason Collins came outa the closet 2day but he’s not even a starter! It’s kinda ironic that the 1st openly gay pro athlete rides the pine!
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) April 29, 2013
I’m so impressed with @jasoncollins34 eloquence&bravery. I hope this inspires others who may be struggling sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/… via @sinow
— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) April 29, 2013
Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 29, 2013
“@tietheknotorg: No words. This rocks. ow.ly/kx5HU” @jasoncollins34 is my new favorite person.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) April 29, 2013
.@nba center @jasoncollins34 is the 1st out player on a US major league team. I’m overwhelmed by your bravery, Jason, & sending so much love
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 29, 2013
Thank you Jason Collins – for being the first one – knocking down doors !!!
— Rosie O’Donnell (@Rosie) April 29, 2013
Bravo, @jasoncollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that’s saying a lot.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 29, 2013
I will always support people for being who they are. Happy for @jasoncollins34 that he can lead an honest life.
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) April 29, 2013
Same! RT @diablocody: Congrats, Jason Collins, and thank you!
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) April 29, 2013
Hey @jasoncollins34 Inspired by your courage and leadership. Read this! bit.ly/16cDxEC
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 29, 2013
I don’t know you personally @jasoncollins but… CONGRATULATIONS buddy! You are a brave man! I’m very bappy for you! #NBA #proud.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) April 29, 2013
Jason Collins has announced that he is gay. I know Jason and his family well and I support him 100%.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2013
Big support to @jasoncollins34.That’s not an easy thing you did
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) April 29, 2013
RT “@andyroddick: . Props!@jasoncollins34″
— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 29, 2013
Totally loving me some @jasoncollins34 right now.Well done!
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 29, 2013
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
BRAVO to #jasoncollins for his bravery and class. Equality and changing attitudes are just inevitable.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 29, 2013
All of us at my foundation @talkaboutitorg salute you @jasoncollins34 for being proud of who you are!#Brave #Amazing #Trailblazing
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) April 29, 2013
right on. RT @howardsternBig support to @jasoncollins34.That’s not an easy thing you did
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) April 29, 2013
What a tremendous moment for professional sports. Thank you @jasoncollins34 for your strength and for encouraging ALL to play.
— Johnny Weir-Voronov (@JohnnyGWeir) April 29, 2013
You go Jason Collins!!!!!!!!
— lisaling (@lisaling) April 29, 2013
So proud of Jason Collins for being an example of bravery and courage. I applaud you!!!
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) April 29, 2013