Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee and many more high-profile entertainers have stepped forward to vouch their support for NBA player Jason Collins revealing his homosexuality today (April 29).
The “Black Mamba” hopped onto his Twitter page to applaud Collins’ brave decision.
“Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU,” Bryant tweeted April 29th. (Kobe Bryant’s Twitter)
Former United States president Bill Clinton shared a similar reaction to the announcement.
“I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend. http://wjcf.co/154piCi.” (Bill Clinton’s Twitter)
Diehard New York Knicks fan Spike Lee suggested Collins is not the only active gay NBA player.
“I Truly Believe There Are Players In NBA Who Already Knew About Jason Collins (Besides His Twin Brother) And Others Who Haven’t Come Out.” (Spike Lee’s Twitter)
Cleveland Indians baseball star Nick Swisher stood up for Collins.
“I will always support people for being who they are. Happy for @jasoncollins34 that he can lead an honest life.” (Nick Swisher’s Twitter)
Former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave props for the NBA player’s bravery.
“Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal” (The Rock’s Twitter)
Collins broke the news of his sexual preference in a Sports Illustrated interview.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand. My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.” (Sports Illustrated)