There are some who will have a problem with it, or who "don't understand" (not to mention any names, Mike Wallace), but the sports world at large came out in full support of the first active gay athlete in any major sports.
Here's some of their responses:
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'm proud of Jason Collins. I believe that gender, race or sexual orientation should not be a factor in judging a person or their ability.— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) 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
So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) April 29, 2013
I am proud of my brother @jasoncollins34. Great teammate and mentor!— John Wall (@John_Wall) April 30, 2013
“I think everybody should be encouraged to be comfortable and confident in who they are.” – Ryan Braun on @jasoncollins34— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2013
However, some people were not as supportive. ESPN's Chris Broussard took this opportunity to shame Collins by giving his opinion, stating:
I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend. wjcf.co/154piCi— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 29, 2013
"Personally I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be. I think that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
Well, that's one man's opinion.
The point of this all isn't whether you think being gay is right or wrong, it's that people shouldn't feel like they have to censor or hide who they are. This is about a man breaking a barrier that has been considered taboo since the invention of sports.