Athletes send their support to Jason Collins via Twitter

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is nearing a return from his Achilles injury
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NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay on Monday, and his revelation has caused many athletes to show him their support. A sampling:


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 am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. #FTheHaters— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) April 29, 2013


The time has come. Maximum respect. RT @baron_davis: I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. ...— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 29, 2013



Played NBA +college w/ @jasoncollins34 -tremendous human being and PHENOMENAL teammate, leader, friend.Look forward 2his continued success!— Mark Madsen (@madsen_mark) April 29, 2013


Have known @jasoncollins34 & his family for years. Great people/family. Proud of Jason today. Tons of courage.— Kurt Rambis (@KRambis) April 29, 2013


Big kudos to @jasoncollins34. Living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability.… #salute— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) April 29, 2013


Well done Jason Collins- you are a brave man. And a big man at that:) 1981 was the year for me- 2013 is the year for you:)— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) April 29, 2013




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