Reactions From Around The NBA About Jason Collins' Announcement

4/29/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

December 25, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Boston Celtics center Jason Collins (98) celebrates a basket in front of Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans (30) during the third quarter of an NBA game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsToday is a HUGE day in sports. It's one that people will remember forever because thanks to Jason Collins' courage to be himself, everyone in professional sports, and hopefully amateur sports too, can be free to be who they are. 

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:

However, some people were not as supportive. ESPN's Chris Broussard took this opportunity to shame Collins by giving his opinion, stating:

"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.

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