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April 29th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

A Pro Athlete's Announcement

Yesterday, professional basketball player Jason Collins announced that he's gay.  On Tuesday's show, you'll hear some of Collins' reasons for his announcement - as well as a former teammate's reaction.  If you'd like to share your take on this, you can here.

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  1. Daved

    Why does anyone care? Just because he's gay doesn't mean it should be a major headline in my opinion.

    April 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Wyatt

      Exactly. The guy's gay. Why is this such a huge shocker that deserves national headlines?

      April 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Haley

      I support him he stood up and said that he was gay and he is not backing down.

      April 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Noble

      I am honestly not for gays, but he should not announce this to the world! He should just keep it to himself.

      April 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
      • leila

        People cant just keep things to themselves they have to let it out so that i wont be tearing at the insides of them !

        May 2, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Bill

      Exactly! That's what is wrong with society these days

      April 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
      • Rylee

        Today's society makes mountains out of mole hills. Even thought I'm not part of #teamgay, I find it shocking that he told the world who he really is. And I don't know about everyone else here that isn't gay, I find that inspiring and very bold.

        May 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
      • Ellie

        I agree with you!

        May 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • colton

      i think that it is amazing that he announced it in public because it could ruin his reputation

      April 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • Betty

      Its fine if he is gay. He is who he is. I don't support gay rights but do we have to make a big deal about it? Don't be mean. I am shocked though but he is who he wants to be.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • Maddie

        Exactly! Why does the media make a big deal out of everything? When there's a story like this, the media reports it, but when something like the Boston Bombing happens, they won't leave the people of the story alone.

        May 6, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • Haley

      My question is, Why do these things make it onto the news? If someone in our normal society announced that he/she was gay or lesbian.. They wouldn't be getting praise or bashing.. As far as i see it.. this stuff shouldnt exactly matter.. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • Nashay

      i Think that he was ready to come out and that's good that he wants to be his self I don't think there nothing wrong with being gay if they went to that's them they should not worrier about what other people say.

      May 6, 2013 at 8:42 am |
  2. Allison

    This totally shocked me. I cant believe he would just say that. Even though I dont support him, I give him credit for having the guts to say it to the public snd his team.

    April 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Maryiah

      It doesn't matter he's really different like the Addams family

      April 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Maddy

    I think that it was good of him to say something about it. Not many do.

    April 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
  4. Brianna

    I think that no one should have to hide who they are for the comfort of others. We are all human and everyone deserves the opportunity to live life to its fullest.

    April 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • daquwan

      i don't disagree at all but it is a sin to be gay so I don't think he should of announced it to everyone

      April 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
      • Chandler

        Ha... Religion. Let people be who they want to be. I'm not gay but I support gay's rights. So what if it wasn't "Gods" intention. Christianity was created in the dark ages when no one knew about Science and wanted to explain the world. People should be allowed to make their own decisions. Oh and another thing about guns. We have the freedom to own KILLING MACHINES, but gays can't marry. Come On.

        May 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
      • Cloud

        Discriminating against gays is more sinister than being gay. It was a magnificent thing to do.

        May 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
      • Maddie

        Um, as far as I know the Bible doesn't say anything about how being gay is a sin.

        May 6, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  5. Emma

    I don't think that it really matters what he does. He makes the choices, not us. He can do what he wants to do.

    April 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • elyria

      he can not do what ever e wants because when he was little his parents told him what to do so don't your parents tell you what do so wha are u talking about little mis emma

      May 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  6. Isabel

    If Collins is happy with the way he is then let him be. We are all different and people can't change that. I think its fine and it doesn't bug me that he's gay.

    April 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • daquwan

      I think he did something very brave by saying that he is gay but I feel he shouldn't have announced to the nation because it is a sin and I think it is wrong.

      April 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
      • Chandler

        I know you are saying that because you are being raised religiously, but I have an Atheist father and a Christian mother. I got raised with both sides of the spectrum. If you were raised as an Atheist, you would have those morals. I'm just saying.

        May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
      • Isabel

        Well, its just a matter of opinion and just because its an opinion doesn't make it right. So cut him some slack at least he was brave about it

        May 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Isabel

      I was raised religiously, but if someones gay it doesn't necessarily bug me. But, if it gets out of control then it does!

      May 4, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  7. darian

    i think if he wants to be gay let be gay he cant change who he is and he has money people with not judge him because he is gay people will love him because he is a ball player

    April 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  8. Sarah

    Pretty sure you have never shared when a professional athlete is heterosexual. Why share this? I would rather not hear about any athlete's sexual preference. It is irrelevant.

    April 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Quinn

      Because he is the first active professional athlete to be openly gay. It is a big step in acceptance for gays and gay rights. I'm pretty sure heterosexuals are already accepted and have their rights.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  9. zack

    i think that if anyone would look up to a star they wouldnt care if they are gay or not

    April 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  10. Tatiana

    iI know a few gay people, It's not like they're bad, they're just a little more different then us

    April 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Ellie

      I know some too.

      May 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  11. Damien

    People think its wrong and people think its right but really there is no need to judge people for their choices .( DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER) is what I think of it as cause its like if another famous person becomes gay, WE DONT NEED TO JUDGE THEM REALLY.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Justin

    I personally do not care about a person's sexual orrientation, as long as they treat me with respect.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Felicia

    It's very brave of Collins to admit he is gay while he is playing because you never know what fans think of you while you are still playing. That's why all the others admit AFTER they are done playing. I respect him and I hope he has a good future ahead of him.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Spencer

    I'm proud of Jason. To have the guts to go out in public and announce that you have to be a man about it.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:14 am |
  15. Sarah

    We don't have big news stories because someone is a different religion or race. We shouldn't have a big news story because someone is gay. We should respect their privacy and free rights.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:05 am |
    • Chandler

      Exactly.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  16. R. J.

    It is about time someone came out because we have already broken down the barrier on race and we need to break down the barrier on sexual orientation. It doesnt matter if you are in the NBA or not, you should express who you are.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:06 am |
  17. Gabby

    I think it's a brave thing to do. I think it's good to show who you really are.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  18. Logan

    I think it's great! My sister had gay friends before but it is great that he is comfortable with himself.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  19. Travis

    I feel as though a gay person is no different from anyother person. Therefore, a man announcing that he is in fact gay should not be making headlines all over the United States. It is no different than a straight man announcing that he is straight.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • Quinn

      I see what you are saying, but I believe it is important that he is breaking down the barrier in sports.

      April 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  20. leila

    I think if people are going to think about criticizing him they need to keep it to their self and accept him as he is because they loved him before so I don't see why they wont just because he's gay

    April 30, 2013 at 8:24 am |
  21. Joey

    Why does it matter? He is a player. If I were a coach I could care less about someone's sexual orientation as long as they do their job.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  22. Shane

    i am gay and i'm proud of it i am proud of jason no one should be afaid to come out i came out just last year now i will start back waching basketball i am prod of him everyone should be treated the same

    April 30, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • Chandler

      Kudos to you. You are a lot braver than any of the popular people who are mean to gays. Good luck in your future endeavors.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  23. Luisa

    Having Collins come out like that is great, maybe he will be an inspiration to other players. No one should be ashamed in their sexual preferences and pro athletes are not an exception. Also, having heard one of Collins team members saying they as a team will support him should also be taken as an example for all of us!

    April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  24. julio

    i think it was brave for him to make this announcement in front of everybody and how he's the first one to do so I believe everybody is different and they shouldn't be judged.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  25. Matthew

    I think its takes a lot of courage for anyone to openly admit they're gay, even more so if you're apart of a pro-sport association with literally hundreds of thousands of people watching you. I also think that this is what other gay people need to boost themselves. If they see a public figure open up, they're more than likely to do the same.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  26. Gabriela

    I don't think that people should have a problem if he's gay or not as long as it's not them i totally support him 100%

    April 30, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  27. Jennifer

    I think it's amazing that Jason came out. We need more openly gay celebrities, especially athletes. They're stereotyped as "real men" so the fact that he came out while still being a professional player is great.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  28. Dalton

    I think its amazing how supportive the other players are being. If I was going through something like that my friends would be there to help me and its great how there doing that for him.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  29. Peter

    Be honest, I never thought that there is gay people in the world until I came to The United States.
    As a different culture person for me, I really hate gay people. Its doesn't mean that i hate that person. I just hate the name of gay, and keep away from those people.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:59 am |
    • ivannnnn

      Oooooh! Look at me! I'm sooooo different because I go out with boys instead of girls! I'm such a horrible person! Scaaaaaaaryyyyyyy!!
      If you don't like gays, you don't have to be (because you can't change your sexuality anyways), just don't go around saying that we're something to stay away from.

      May 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  30. Yesenia

    Nobody should have the right to judge others. if Jason Collins is gay or not it does not change who he is. he was brave because not many people have the courage to say they are gay.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  31. travon

    I ready don't care that he came out the closet thats his life an if he want to be gay then can't no body change his mind or nothing thats his life that he live an if you judge him an stop like him because he gay thats wrong.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  32. Angelica

    I think it's a positive thing because he was the first professional basketball player to openly come out gay while playing basketball and not waiting until after there through with playing. I imagine it being a tough thing to do for him therefore i do support him and his decision to come out. It's his decision.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  33. anonymous

    He is very brave.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  34. Stephanie

    Coming out as a gay basketball player must be a hard decision to think about, so for Jason Collins to have came out was a gay player must have been hard. Now he can motivate younger generations of basketball players to not be ashamed of who they are. Jason will be a great motivation to those who are afraid to announce they are gay.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  35. Juan

    Jason Collins is announcing something he feels comfortable with and his choice of life, and well he can be respected by his team mates and i don't see why he shouldn't be accepted the way he is. i think that he is being seen as the same guy he has always been and should be supported.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  36. Troy

    I feel that if thats what type of person he wants to be then let him be. people shouldn't look at him any different because he is still human. Me i wouldn't become gay thats just my opinion. people like him should come out behind closed doors and not public places , it saves the people from rumors being spread on them.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:04 am |
  37. anonymous

    it takes a lot of courage to come out of the closet. i'm on his side. gays are cool.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:04 am |
  38. Todd

    God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. To be a pro athlete I think it's a shame. It doesn't mean he is a bad player, just don't guard me in the post.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  39. Anonymous

    I can understand if my close friend or my roomate told me she is a gay, I wil feel uncomfortable. but I still will let she be my friend. I mean if he is a guy, is totally fine for me, I dont dislike gay. But if she is a girl i wil worry about that a little bit.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  40. Clara

    I think people shouldn't worry about how he is, its his life and they should worry about themselves.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  41. Justin

    I thnk that even if you are gay you should keep it to yourself. People don't need to know that your not apart of human nature. God put us on the earth to mate girl and boy. Not man and man and not girl and girl. If he wanted it to be like that he would have made it all girls or all guy's. It is not acceptable to go agaist human nature.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  42. rgdd

    He is very brave to tell the truth. Not everyone has the same courage like him.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  43. Gongjj

    He is a nice guy,and really brave to tell another the truth. Although it's maybe will change his career.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  44. Luke

    Mad respect bro.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  45. miya

    I am very impressive of Jason's courage. It must be difficuit for him as a famous and professional athlete. There is no gap of love, especially when people are willing to take any risks to follow his own heart.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  46. anonymous

    He is really brave. If he shows that he is gay, different kinds opinions will come. He may feel stressful but he did it! However, I feel curious about that will his partners feel embrassed? It's still a good beginning to help gays.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  47. Rebecca

    I think its great that he came out with the truth about himself. If he would have kept it caged in i think he would go through a mental breakdown for the rest of his life. Its good to be yourself than it is to be someone your not.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  48. CG

    I think he is really brave to tell the truth to the world. It is not his mistake to be a gay. It's not supposed to bring any bad impacts to his career. People and his teammates should always support him.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  49. Samantha

    I think he shouldn't be judged on his sexual preference but continued to be seen as the regular professional athlete.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:11 am |
  50. Abraham

    I believe that it is all a matter of choice. Everyone is different, evident to society's differences with people who a little different. As for what I think about him "coming out", I believe it is for the better since it opens the door for many of the gay individuals playing sports. Everyone deserves a chance and has choices, this is his life and his chance to be himself for once in the public eye.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:11 am |
  51. Molly

    Nothing is wrong with being gay. You are still human , you still breath, think, feel and love. Gay is Okay !

    April 30, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  52. Cody

    I think that this man announcing his sexual preferences shouldn't even be that big of deal. If i announced that I was straight would anyone care? Probably Not, so let the man live his life and don't make a big deal out of it.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  53. Harry

    I believe being gay does not effect anything about you! And it is his belief and we should not make fun of him for being who he is

    April 30, 2013 at 9:15 am |
  54. Briana

    Well, I may not be gay nor am I the perfect Christian. I don't approve of homosexuality but I do not discriminate – as long as you're pursuing happiness; It's your inalienable right that cannot be taken away.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  55. Karla

    I support his decision on coming out and it takes a lot of courage to admit that he is gay. He has the right to be gay, other people shouldn't worry about his decision, its his life and he has the right to live the way he wants to.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:17 am |
  56. Kai

    I think that this is good because maybe it might make other player do the same and it might not even be in just basketball.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  57. Lacy

    People can be gay i don't really care but i still look down on it.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  58. Priscilla

    I am not for homosexual marriage. I don't hate, or even dislike the people involved, but I do despise what they are doing. There's a reason homosexuality is a bad idea, apart from even what the Bible says, which is really the most important source. God is very good at giving us clear signs of when something is against His word. Lying gets us into trouble, envy hurts friendships, and disobedience to good and Godly parents makes for a more difficult future, and hurts our trust with our parents. I do not approve of the player's choice.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Jennafer

      I agree

      April 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  59. Kristen

    The fact that Collins came out while continuing to play on his team, is admirable. I think it's a good step toward making gay athletes everywhere feel comfortable with who they are. My only concern is the stigma that will follow. I think this will lead Collins to be remembered simply as "the gay basketball player." That adjective will forever be attached to him which saddens me because sexual orientation doesn't entirely govern who that person is. It's certainly irrelevant to his involvement in the basketball world.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  60. Tim

    I think that this should not be such a big news story. I don't believe that someones sexual orientation should influence the way we view them.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  61. Jacob

    I think it's great that Jason Collins came out. Sexual orientation does not effect who he is, he is an NBA player. Being gay does not change the effect he has had in the community or make him a worse basketball player. I think that this announcement will open doors for more players to do so in the future.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  62. Devin

    I think this is a good thing because he is being himself and he's not trying to hide who he is. Good for him.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  63. Jaclyn

    I feel its up to you who you want to be. You are free to be who you are. Even if people are different, they can still be good at sports.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  64. Shyloe

    I don't know why people care about who a someone is attracted too. Whether a male likes a male, or a female likes a female. If someone is gay he should not be judged they are who they are and that's that.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  65. Kayla

    Good for him! Not only is he now freely able to express himself, but he can be accecpted by his family, friends, fans, and teammates for who he really is. He's a fantastic basketball player and this should not affect his career.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  66. Troy

    I think that if gender, race, religion and nationality aren't a problem to everyone, then sexuality shouldn't be. However, I know that people will probably take this more seriously than it is and Jason will suffer consequences, like being seperated from the locker room with his team mates.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  67. Chelsea

    Good for him that he came out and told everyone. I think if he was brave enough to that then I don't think people judge him. They should just let him play his game.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  68. Joshua

    well i think that being gay is just odd.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  69. Leo

    I think that it is okay that he plays basketball but some guys might fell weird about sharing a locker room with him.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  70. Victoria

    I think that it is very stupid that people are going all crazy about him saying he's gay.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  71. Victoria

    I find it unwise to have interrupted his career by saying he is gay.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  72. Ehren

    I just wanna say that this isn't right. first off why is the question i have for and second basketball is my favorite sport but now i'm not so sure. I mean i'm still gonna play but i'm just kinda uneasy

    April 30, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • olivia

      i know how people are unesy on a nba player being gay but it is his choice so why worry about it. i just don't see the sense in worrying about another mans decsion.

      April 30, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • Jacob

        That comment made my day 🙂

        April 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  73. olivia

    who cares if he is gay. his choice not ours anyways it's his freedom to talk. freedom of speech!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  74. Melody

    i dont think it should be a big deal that he is gay, if gender, race, religion, and opinion are acceptable then why not sex preference? if people learned how to except others differences this wouldnt of changed a thing and it shouldnt.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  75. Kaleb

    I honestly don't think it matters wether or not someone is gay and they are playing sports. It's a life chioce just because Colin is gay dosn't mean he can't run as fast or jump as high as the other players. Colin is better than most players and he's gay it dosn't matter. Thats like saying to a crippled oh i'm better that you because you cant walk.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  76. Kennie

    Hey i think it's a great confession because it encourages people who are gay to be who they are when they see a strong and bold role model like this public figure.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  77. Maite

    I think that it really doesn't matter, because everyone is different and everyone is Human.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  78. Vanessa

    I think it really shouldn't matter if he is gay or straight. Its not like he would be the FIRST famous person that is gay! There are many gay people out there why should we make a big deal out of him. We all have our likes and should be able to be happy with who ever we choose.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  79. Lincoln

    I don't support him on being gay, guys should like girls. But I give him credit for making that announcement in public.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  80. Yasmin

    Jason Collins has the right to be whoever he wants to be. Collins chose the right time and place to say he's gay.This is important because it can encourage other athletics to say there gay and their proud of it.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  81. oscar

    If being gay makes him happy, let him be. It must of taken a lot of courage for him to announce it in public, good for him.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  82. Keillor

    If everyone becomes gay in the nba I'm not watching basketball any more.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  83. Jazlin

    Just because Jason Collins came out saying he is gay doesn't mean it should be a major headline. Move on this doesn't have to be a big deal. No one should judge him anyway.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  84. Marie

    Why does it matter? I'm bi and all my friends accepted me for it. It wouldn't matter if he's gay. I think people should accept others for who they are. If not then they are discriminating him. He could have inspired other people to say if their bi, gay, or lesbian. 🙂 I'm proud of him.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  85. Jacob

    What is wrong with what people do or like? If you can answer that nicely I will accept it

    April 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  86. keegan

    God put Adam and Eve on the earth not Adam and Steve.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Stephen

      That is right!!!!!!

      April 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  87. Whitney

    I'm happy for him and all, but I think the media is making too big of a deal over it. after all, It's not the first time someone well-known has come out.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  88. Jordan

    Everyone makes decisions and some are bad decisions and some are good and you might regret some and someone is always going to criticize.I think everyone should think before they speak.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  89. Gabby

    I dont think that it should be made into such a big deal just because he is a famous athlete. I dont support him on being gay because its not right, so he shouldnt be making a ginormous deal with it because its not something you want in the headlines.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  90. Vicky

    I don't think it matters whether you are gay or not. It's your decision, not anyone else's. If you are the one doing it, no one else should put in their two cents to what you decided to do. You're living with what you did and no one else is. It may make other people feel uncomfortable, but they can deal with it if you aren't hitting on any of the players and doing your thing.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  91. keegan

    They shouldn't allow gays.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  92. Mady

    I think it took a lot of courage to confront people that he's gay. It shouldn't matter that he is either. If he is good at what he does then why should we stop him from doing what he is good at. He might be different, but that doesn't change who he is and his skill level in basketball.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  93. Justin

    I think it's good that he told about his sexuality. It may cause other people to tell about their sexuality and embrace it.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  94. Jack

    People shouldnt put him down for being gay. It's his choice, not theirs and it dosen't even impact them in any way. if he had kept that in untill his carrer in the NBA was over, nobody would have cared.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  95. Megan

    I think if being homosexual makes him happy, why bother him about it? Its his choice and life, not yours. Just because hes in the NBA and is homosexual doesn't mean he should be treated any different from the other players. Anyways, it should have taken a lot of courage to tell that to the whole world, so why try to bring his spirit down? Just accept him and move on, its only going to effect his life, not yours.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  96. James

    He should not be gay, because he might be role models to other people. They might turn gay and being gay against the bible. However thumbs up on confesses.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Mckayla

      Dude, I wasn't aware this CNN discussion asked for a debate on whether or not BEING gay is right or wrong- it asks what you think of this athlete COMING OUT publicly, maybe you should read the prompt before spouting religious belief, because your beliefs are irrelevant to the topic at hand, i'm tired of religious people trynna dictate whats right and wrong in OTHER peoples lives.You saying someone "shouldn't be gay" won't make anyone NOT gay, why do YOU get to determine what someone SHOULD or shouldn't be? I thought Jesus said not to judge or some stuff like that... RIGHT?

      April 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  97. Cletus

    God gave us adam and ee not adam and steve. If i was his coach, he'd be in a completly different building changing, it was a terrible move annoucing it. And all those people saing good for him are lying hyprocrits

    April 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Mckayla

      God didn't make you the judge of this athlete's life. His sexuality doesn't dictate his professional skill, and you spelled HYPOCRiTE wrong, how I just wrote it is the proper spelling. You have a lot of ignorance for someone with so much opinion. Maybe you should get placed in a different building everytime you look or behave or do something "different," if you're not gay then DON'T talk, because you don't KNOW anything about it. Try being it first then have an opinion, and take a trip to heaven come back and let me know what God says before you speak for him about Adam and Eve. HA

      April 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
      • Jenna

        You don't have to be so mean about it...

        April 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Zoe

      Wow he has been a good guy for a while and no one has cared no that he likes men its changed and its Adam and Eve not ee so why don't you stop hating

      April 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  98. michael

    he chose to be gay, if he gets hate he gets hate.
    in my opinon i whould feel less comfortabl watching him.
    i believe that being homo is wrong and discusting

    April 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  99. Matthew

    Its about time. im proud that someone finally stood up for gay athletes i mean there is a lot of them around the world and in hiding. although its kinda nasty just saying i aint got nothing against gay people im just speaking my mind.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  100. Danny

    I think that he should be who he is and embrace who he is. I support his decision to go public.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  101. trevor

    collins is a good athelete and should not be shunneed beacuse of his beliefs. im glad to see someone speek out about their belif just in this situation it will be hard for people to accept him.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  102. Jackie

    I support the fact that he had the guts to say who he is and I feel proud of him.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  103. James

    He should not be homosexuality, because he might be role models to other people thus they might turn homosexual. In most biblical standard it against it. However I indeed give great credit for him confesses.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  104. bailey

    It really doesnt bother me. people that are gay cannot change that. from what iv'e heard being gay is genetic and that people that are like that are born with a different sex preference that they cant change. so dont judge him because he is gay. it was very brave of him to come out in public to announce that and that shows how much courage he really has. move on people.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  105. James

    He should not be homosexuality, because he might be role models to other people thus they might turn homosexual. In most biblical standard it is against it. However, I indeed give great credit for him confesses.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  106. James

    He should not be homosexuality; because he might be role models to other people thus they might turn homosexual. In most biblical standard it is a sin. However, I indeed give great credit for him confesses.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Zoe

      Actually it will c
      Show there's that they can be homosexual and not care so it doesn't matter he can be what he wants and it is a good thing because will realize its fine and accept it ok so your effending other kids so why don't you back off

      April 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Stephen

      I do agree with that.

      April 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  107. Braden

    I am proud of what he said. it is great to say what you stand up for. i'm do not like gays but it is brave to say somthing that you know some people will not like. many will agree and many will not

    April 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  108. Tyler

    It does not matter if you are gay or not it is not their descion their mind decides before they walk if they like gils or guys. People can be gay if they want too. Food places don`t allow gay people in their place. So, Jason Collins can be gay if he wants. People should not ban gays from things.Amen.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  109. D'Borian

    I respect him for being honest and standing up and being the first. I'm glad he got it off his chest. RESPECT!

    April 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  110. James

    He should not be homosexual; because he is Unquestionable role models to numerous people thus they might copy his homosexuality. In most biblical standards it is a sin. However, I indeed give great credit for him confessing.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  111. Deontay

    I think he should keep doing his thing and being himself!

    April 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  112. Mark

    Proud to hear he did what he believed in.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  113. Andrew

    He's a human being just like everyone else on this planet, him being gay doesn't change that.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  114. Shia

    It shouldn't matter whether you're gay or not. We are all equal people, this guy has guts to go on and say that he's gay. I truly support and respect him for what he did.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  115. Davion

    I think that it was very good and i really don't care about gays or bisexuals I mean that's them so why is any body worrying about.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  116. Mckayla

    I'm gay, and you know what? This discussion isn't for people to debate whether gay is right or not. If you're not gay then your opinion is irrelevant. This is about someone (this athlete) being a role model and showing others that you CAN release yourself from the closet. Be a role model for kids who don't know how to free themselves. Nobody cares if someone on here thinks being gay is wrong, thats not your choice. This athlete's life is HIS life, he is freeing himself by not keeping a vital part of his life restrained anymore. Props for coming out on your own terms. Love his courage.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Erin

      Thanks, this really made my day. I hope someday more people will realize this.

      April 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  117. joe

    who cares. he's different. aren't we all different for eachother.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  118. Natalia

    Many LGBTQ youth feel like they can't be open about who they are because they will face a loss of support from their friends and family. Now that Collins has come out, I think it gives LGBTQ youth someone to look up to who is unashamed and fearless. To some, your orientation is important to how you choose to identify yourself; so I think its great, especially for LGBTQ athletes who are afraid that their team will judge them.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Jim

      This is a disgrace these little Lg whatever should be ashamed not only to come out but they should be ashamed to be part of this terrible group. This is a group based off of a sin and should be announced illegal. All these young people should look down upon this man and if they are "gay" then they need to stop being sinful and be a normal human being.

      May 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  119. Siesta

    I am happy for him, because not just anyone can come out and say something like that. I can't believe he actually had the courage to say that.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  120. Jasmine

    If I were another player this would somewhat bother me because of him being the locker rooms with all these men who are changing. I would most definatly be uncomfortable with that.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Jada

      Ok jasmine just because he's gay it doesn't matter that he is changinG With other guys ..he's a person not a creep just because hes gay don't mean u have to hate cuz he's not straight so I think you should stop and go get a life..thankyou

      April 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  121. Cole

    who cares if he came out! At least he didnt keep it to himself for the rest of his life.... We are all equal in every way.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  122. Anthony

    It does not matter if he is strait or not it is his life and he is a good player it does not make him a bad person he is who he is.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  123. Phillip

    Isn't there more important things to worry about?

    April 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  124. Darren

    I give Collins props for confesing his homosexuality because it is not easy to say something like that on national T.V.
    But, although I give him props I do not agree with his choise of being a homosexual.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Erin

      I am sorry if this will sound mean, but your sexuality is not a choice. It is something you may discover in time, or be born with. You do not choose to be gay, bisexual, or lesbian.

      Don't be mean to those different to you.

      April 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  125. Sean

    Congratulations to him on having the courage to do what he did, knowing there are many people who think God doesn't accept gays. God loves all his children regardless of their preferences.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Easton

      I love that answer good job Sean go God.

      April 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
      • Stephen

        Still God says a man should be united with a woman. Not a man with a man or vice-versa.

        April 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  126. Erin

    I think that this a really amazing leap forward in our society. People need to start respecting those with differences, like being gay, lesbian, and bisexual. Everyone deserves love, even if it is in a different form than your version of love.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  127. xander

    Idon't think it matters if your gay. people should be treated the same no matter what.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  128. Andrew

    It dosn't mater if he is gay becuse you don't need to juge him on that, it is the same on juging them on if he is black or white.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  129. Louis

    It is good that he announced this

    April 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  130. Tayler

    I think that it takes alot to just confess that you are gay. I think everybody should leave him alone because he is brave and he isnt any different from when he didnt confess that he was gay. There is nothing wrong with him and everyone should leave him alone and let him continue with his basketball career.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  131. claudia

    why does it even matter. i am so happy for him for standing up for himself. no one should judge anybody no matter what.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  132. McKayla

    I dont think it matters if you are gay. You should always be treated the same as everyone else.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  133. Nathan

    I think it is good that he came out and just said that he was gay. It shouldn't matter if he is gay or not.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  134. Melissa

    It dosen't manner becuase he is a person. We are the same from 1 to 99. And I don't care he's human and we are free thats why there is the USA.I don't think it should be all over the news. But it is a good thing to it might get people who are gay or whatever to speck out.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  135. ALEX

    who cares if you are gay it is who you are inside

    April 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  136. Zoe

    I think all the haters should shut up I think it's great for him he can be who he wants. It doesn't change his playing and plus he has been gay probably for a while and no one has noticed so I think it's fine And other gay people can see that it is fine and others will start excepting it.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  137. Nicole

    I really don't care if a famous person is gay!! Like people don't care if Elton John is gay because he is a good singer and it doesn't matter about his homosexuality.. They also shouldn't judge other people about how they want to live their life and he should be able to do what he wants ...Everyone should except how other people want to live their life. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP HATIN!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  138. Jada

    I think everybody should stop saying its bad for him to be gay because he's a role model, and he's he's changing in th locker room with other boys. He can be gay and that doesn't mean that peopleWho think of him as role model will be gay it means that they just believe in him not being gay like him ..also even if he is gay and changing in the locker room doesn't matter he's gay not a creep so STOP BLAMING HIM.. PEOPLE SHOULD JUST STOP HATIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  139. Jenna

    Honestly, I don't agree with his choice of being gay. But that doesn't mean I don't like him. My older brother always told me "Love the sinner, hate the sin." I'm not saying he's a sinner, I'm just saying I'm gonna treat his situation like that. I'll still watch basketball, and think he's a good player, I'll just have to over look the fact that he's gay.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Maxwell

      It's no0t a choice.

      April 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Danielle

      Not to be rude but you can't choose that kind if thing

      May 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  140. Ken

    It was a right thing for him to do because he is opening up and telling people about the real him. He wanted to tell everybody the truth about himself.

    April 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  141. Jasmine

    i have no problems with bis or gays just becuase some one is attracted to some one else of the same sex should not make them different because think about it basket ball and going to school are kinda like the same thing so everyone here at school who is bi or gay, we dont get made fun of or have people move away from us when we sit next to them. those of us who are bi or gay are proud to be it because when we tell are friends they hug us and are happy about it, so if your gay or bi dont be afraid to tell others because it makes you part of who you are.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  142. Kobe

    I know people that are gay,I just treat them the same way I did before I knew that, so the NBA should just do that.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  143. Easton

    I don't care even though I am against his beliefs. We Americans have the right to say and do what we want.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  144. Emily

    Being a gay teenager, I find it extremely inspiring that Jason had the guts to come out. Maybe it shouldn't have been breaking news, but it does send a positive to other gay people out there. It tells us that we can still do all the things we love, without having to comprise a part of who we are. I just hope that one day, I'll be able to be a brave as Jason is.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  145. Perry

    It's ok to be gay we support you not judgment day.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  146. Zach

    I believe that nobody should judge who he wants to be. You might want to like the same gender, but it doesn't change who you are. Everyone is human and nobody should be treated differently. If you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all. His choice not yours. 🙂

    April 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  147. Nick

    I think it's fine that Collins is gay. You should respect him the same way you respect anyone else. You go Collins!

    April 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  148. Alex

    You shouldn't care what he is if he's gay or straight. Everyone should like him for who he is . It just doesn't matter.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  149. Hallie

    Being gay isn't wrong it's just that people aren't use too the idea yet. He should be proud of who he is.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  150. Emily

    It doesn't really matter to me if people are gay. People should just respect that, they are still the same person.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  151. Alex

    Who cares if Collins is gay or straight. He can still be a role model and a leader to his fans and teammates. At least he had the courage to stand up to the people of his community.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Alex

      I think your right. Anybody can be gay and a role model,because say Lebron James is gay,are you going to make a big deal about it? No,because he's a great role model and who cares? I don't understand why people would make a big deal about it, there's really no reason to.

      April 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  152. Lyla

    From my point of view, I don't really care that he is gay. We should just be happy and not make fun of the people that are different from us.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  153. Anna

    If Collins knows and believes what he did who is going to stop him? If he is proud in what he did no one can change him. People want to be the same as people in the world and Collins is being himself. His players don't mind him and if they don't you shouldn't either. Collins is just being himself. Dont judge him!

    April 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  154. La'Nica

    I give Collins props for coming out and not being afraid to tell the world that he is gay. Because now people can see that if they are gay they can have a voices and speak up for themselves, and not be afraid to show who they really are.
    #TEAM COLLINS!

    April 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  155. Alexis

    It doesn't matter because its his choice about how he wants to live his life and if he feels its the right time he should express himself in any way possible because your only going to live once.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  156. Gabe

    Who cares if he's gay. People are people that's all that really matters they can like any gender. Plus it takes a lot of courage to say that. He is a role model to many people, fans, and teammates.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  157. Sam

    God is not the kind of ruler that makes you do everything he says. He is very upset when his people make the wrong decision. Satan puts thoughts in you head and tries everything he can to destroy gods creation. I know that being religious is offensive to others, but in the bible it says that with everything you do, do it in Jesus. Satan is telling you right now that I'm wrong, and if not, you agree with me. I'm not saying to hate gays, but I'm telling you to do the right thing. God loves you, so make him proud of you by doing the right thing. I think that it's a good thing that he announced that he's gay, I just don't think that it's the right thing to do

    April 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Mark

      Sam,

      I agree with you with the exception of your final comment. I don't agree with his making this announcement in a public manner. It's nothing more than a publicity stunt.

      April 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Sam

      I mean I don't care that he is gay but I just don't agree with his decision.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  158. Mike

    Ok, so this is news, but why in the world would you think that this is an appropriate topic of conversation for students?

    April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Rylee

      I know this makes the news and all, but my teacher didn't feel comfortable showing this to us. And THAT should say something...

      April 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Quinn

      We need to educate the future generations, not shelter them.

      April 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
  159. Cayli

    I think it is horrible that people judge him, and many others, based on if they are gay or straight. It gives no human being, whatsoever, the right to treat him, and anyone else like that. You should not be judged by who you are attracted to. Nobody has the right to make people literally, AFRAID to come out because they feel it could ruin them. I think the NBA, and everyone else who has ever judged anyone about it, should grow up and support them. They're still the same person you know, so why does it matter who they're attracted to? It was right for him to open up about how he felt, it allows him to be himself. I personally know people who are gay, and it is messed up that they, and him, have to deal with this. LET HIM BE HIM AND DON'T CHANGE A THING!

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Addi

      I TOTALLY AGREE!

      April 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Sam

      I agree I don't like it when people judge, I'm just saying to not get into the trouble yourself.

      April 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  160. Arturo

    I support homosexual people. I don't see anything wrong with then and happy he told everyone. Since being homosexual is a big deal still. I wish it wasn't, but it cant be help.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  161. Stephen

    I think that being gay is wrong. What I believe says a man and a woman should be united not a man and a man or a woman and a woman.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Mariko

      why would being gay be wrong. People deserve a chance to be happy. A lot of gay people hide who they really are just because people think it's wrong.

      April 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
      • Stephen

        In what I believe it says a man should leave his mother and father and be united to his wife not to his husband or her wife.

        May 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • Rylee

      Thank you!! People, God created us so that a man and a woman could be together, NOT man with man or woman with woman. The later way is just plain old stupid

      April 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
      • Stephen

        Your welcome

        May 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  162. Tegan

    I support Jason Collins. Marriage isn't a union between a man and a woman, it's a union between two people who love each other. If two men love each other, it's still love and it's not wrong. I think that if more celebrities came out, then people would get used to the idea and be more comfortable with it.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Stephen

      WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marriage is a union between a woman and a man nothing else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  163. Medora

    To me, its okay to be gay, even though my friends are against it. I have met some gay people and they are really nice. Its not like they are trying to take over the government!

    April 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  164. Marie

    Why should it matter? Does it affect the way he plays basketball? You're watching him to play basketball not to watch him on dates.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  165. Crystal

    Being gay is nothing wrong. A person is a person no matter what. Just because he is gay does not effect his physical ability to play basketball. There is perobably many more athletes that are gay. This is an encouragment and leadership to others.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  166. Sarah

    i'm very proud that someone like him has come out. Like Ellen said, "It was more challenging for him because he’s seven feet tall, and when he came out of the closet he had to duck."

    April 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Danielle

      Ha! Great quote

      May 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  167. Keely

    Words form Macklemore Same Love ft. Mary Lambert "I may not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom till we're equal, dang right I support it."

    April 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
  168. Krystal

    Why does something like this still make national news? He is just a normal guy coming out about his true self. Sure, people should care, but it should be showcased as some worldwide phenomenon.

    April 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
  169. Emma

    I think that it was a good idea for him to speak up. It is not his fault that that is how he was made. I think that he did the right thing.

    April 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  170. Tiffany

    I support Collins 100 percent. Being part of the LGBT community is tough and to do it while being a pro athlete is even tougher. I hope Collins can get on another team and prove that just because you're gay, doesn't mean you are any different than the rest of the people around you.

    April 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  171. Caden

    I don't think being gay is right, and I think announcing it will only encourage others to follow that example. I think a person should only announce something like that if they are looking for help.

    April 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Quinn

      When you say, "announcing it will only encourage others to follow his example," do you mean announcing it or being gay in general. If you meant it the first way then I disagree because people should be comfortable with who they are and not live in a world where they are uncomfortable. If you meant it the second way.... being gay isn't a choice. You either are or you aren't, just like being left-handed.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  172. Addisyn (Addi)

    I believe that just because he says that he is gay does NOT mean that he is any different than ANY of us! It is the way he chooses to live his life! He should deserve to live however he wants, Its HIS LIFE! If he wants to be gay LET HIM, if anybody thinks any different then they may have some problems with the world right now. I have a friend who is bi and you don't see me telling them that they should change, or that they shouldn't be my friend do you? They choose how to live their lives! YOU DON'T!

    April 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  173. Devin

    At the end of the day, who he chooses to date and marry is really none of anyone's concern. His life doesn't affect yours so why should he be judged and excluded from things like he's some sort of alien? He's the same man he was before he came out and his sexual preference doesn't stop him from being a good basketball player.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  174. Frances

    I think they handled it fine, as long as they didn't judge him. Just because he is gay, it doesn't mean he isn't still the same person that he was yesterday. Jason Collins doesn't care what you think, and he isn't going to change his opinion. It's HIS opinion and he should be able to express it the way he wants to.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  175. Mariko

    Anyone who has the guts to say that in front of the world. People who are gay shouldn't have to hide. They should be able to live life normally, just like every one else. If he decides that he wants to tell the world, he should. Everyone deserves to be happy.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  176. Mark

    The only real question that needs to be asked is:
    What does GOD think of his lifestyle?

    I think the answer is pretty clear.

    This topic is nothing more than an example of a once great country in decline.

    GOD will eventually judge us all. Good Luck everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  177. Bethany

    I think the media is biased to label this as good news when they know very well that there are still people in existence who have moral values.

    Tim Tebow says he's a Christian and the media acts like he trying to force his religion upon others; Collins says he's gay and suddenly the media is congratulating him and expecting viewers to conform to the same opinion and carelessness for morality. It is such a double standard, and it is ridiculous.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Mark

      Bethany,

      Well said. It's evident we are in the minority, but it's good to know not everyone is easily lead in the wrong direction.
      This is not the country I knew growing up.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  178. Gavin

    I believe it is good that he came forth and was honest about his feelings. I believe that takes a lot of bravery and will encourage more gay players to play major professional sports in the future.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  179. Alexander

    I am glad his teammates support him fully with such a brave move.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  180. Jazzy

    I personaly do not support "gay marriage" or homosexualality. A man and a woman should be in union as one. A man and a man, nor a woman and a woman should not be united in marriage or partnership. It is contained in the christian bible that a man and a woman are meant to be united; That no "man" shall pull apart.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  181. Anna

    I think its great that a pro sprts player came out and said that he is gay. If Collins teamates can respect and support him with being bisexual why cant teens and others all over the world do the same. We all should respect eachother nomatter what gender one another likes.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
  182. Saeed

    I think it doesn't matter if he is gay or not.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  183. Alex

    When somebody says they're gay you should respect them. First,they apparently they have what it takes to say it, I think it really doesn't matter if someone is gay or not because it's their choice not yours. Second, there are people all over the world so you can't stop everybody from being gay even if you make the marriages illegal.

    April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
  184. Ali

    why do you people even care he becomes gay if wants to. How about you be gay

    April 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
  185. Allison

    I don't think that it's our business whether he (or any other gay people) are gay or not. I also think that it's brave of him to say that in front of everybody, even though he knew that everybody would be talking about it.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  186. Barney

    I believe that his views are a sin and I believe that even though it is we Christian's should show this to people like him and lead him down the right path

    April 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  187. Benjamin

    I am very proud of Jason Collins. To be the first person EVER in Sports History to admit it takes a lot of courage. There's nothing wrong with being gay or bi or whatever. Jason is who he his and whoever you are, nobody has the AUTHORITY to take it away from you.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  188. Ariana

    He may be Gay, but he is the same person. He is still an amazing basketball player. It shouldn't matter what their sexuality is, it matters the person.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  189. Shiv

    How does it matter? He is human after all and we are all equal. That is all that matters.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  190. Andrew

    Being gay is ok, and I'm happy that Collins announced it so other gay people follow comfortably

    April 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  191. Rylee

    Even though I am completely against gayness, i would still treat them the same. I would hate my life if i was gay and people treated me like i had the Black Plague or something

    April 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
  192. Spencer

    I think that if someone wants to be gay or lesbian it is their choice aslong as they are nice. Infact, my neighbors are lesdian and they are they are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
  193. Nicholas

    Jason Collins openly admits he is gay and get's praise and unneeded media publicity. But when a man like Tim Tebow is bold in his faith and shows it, he is mocked. Something is wrong here.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  194. Corey

    It doesn't really bother me, if he wants to announce that he's gay, then I have nothing against it.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  195. Quinn

    I personally think it is great that Jason Collins had the courage to come out of the closet. I feel that this gives a positive role model to our children that you should accept who you are.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
  196. Mildred

    Love is love so should it really matter if he is gay? I think if he can pave the way for someone that's great, but I find it a big shocker that it still shocks people that there are gay athletes. I mean DUH! 1 in every ten. Remember that.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • Mac

      For the sake of our country and mankind, I do hope your statistic is wrong. That's simply horrific.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  197. Gabe

    Even though this is against most religions i am glad to see that his teammates support him.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:41 am |
  198. Jane

    I respect gay people, but telling the whole world that you are gay then you just want to be more popular!

    May 1, 2013 at 2:04 am |
  199. Riya

    If he's a loyal team player, and he supports the team in everything they do, why can't the team support him? They are all part of a team, so they should believe in each other.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am |
  200. Ben

    I think it was a bad idea to say because the people in the locker loom or on the court will make fun of you.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • Mac

      Well, he should be in a different locker room anyway now. I mean, dude, seriously.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:04 am |
  201. Megan

    It shouldn't madder if he's gay or not, it doesn't change how good he is at basketball.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  202. Lauren

    I believe it was bold of him to publicly announce that he was gay; not many athletes do that while they're still in their career. Having his teammates support him must be very reassuring for him to know that he has support.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  203. Sammi

    I don't think that people should make a big deal about him being gay; it is good that he stood out and told everyone, it's better they know then it just being weird.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am |
  204. Ally

    He is still a human, it must have been very hard for him to come out, and he doesn't deserve any less respect or kindness than he already had before.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am |
  205. Griffin

    Being homosexual is wrong. But I guess since your a pro you can do what ever but I personally believe you are wrong in your decision.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • Peter

      Absolutely

      May 2, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  206. Serenity

    Personal opinions don't matter if he can play the game and have the guts to say he's gay then it's not anyone's place to judge him.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am |
  207. Stephen

    I love the NBA, and I support gays...It doesn't matter whether someone's gay or not, and if I were his teammate...I would support him all the way until he retired.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am |
  208. Cora

    Well I don't see why it's such a big deal it's his business not ours.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  209. Jay

    Just because he's gay shouldn't change anything. He's the same as anybody else.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  210. Brooklynn

    People should not judge someone on who they are or what the color of someone's skin is ........... And so what if someone is gay it is there life and there choice

    May 1, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  211. Mackenzie

    Being gay has nothing to do with playing the game. I think he did the right thing by putting himself out there.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  212. Joe

    I think that before they knew that he was gay no one cared and it doesn't matter now

    May 1, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  213. Alyse

    I may not agree with him but I do support him for standing up for what he believes in.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  214. Shayla

    I don't think that being gay is wrong but I don't think it's good it's something that is what we fell if we can be happy with someone why can't they

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  215. Adriana

    Being gay has nothing to do with playing the game and if he feels like telling others they should respect his decision!!

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  216. Shayla

    I don't think that being gay is wrong but I don't think it's good it's something that is what we fell if we can be happy with someone why can't they.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  217. Shayla

    I don't think that being gay is wrong but I don't think it's good it's something that is what we fell if we can be happy with someone why can't they be happy with there gender.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  218. Joe

    Homosexuality is a sin. Shame on us for celebrating it so.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Logan

      It is a sin , but if bothers you that much than maybe you should shut up about it. It is his life and someday it will be his mistakes. So let him live his life and no hate. But this guy deserves a medal not because he is gay but because stood up for what he believes in and he is a brave man to speak his mind and to get up and say " I can't take it anymore " So he should be proud that he is comfortable with his self and that he should not be worried what others think about him because the only one that has a right to judge him is God!

      May 2, 2013 at 8:43 am |
      • Harold

        The only medal that this guy deserves is one that says "I'm Pathetic" This is a sin and a disgrace and he should not be praised for coming out of the closet, he should be shunned. And as for you Logan your comment disgusts me and you should be ashamed of yourself for defending this.

        May 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  219. Vargas

    Just another example of desensitization by the immoral left. Awful.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  220. Todd

    Its rather interesting how the media is covering this story. But what story do you think will get the greatest amount of airtime ( as in days being talked about on air)? The Boston Bombings or the Athlete coming out?

    Just a thought

    May 1, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  221. Cosmo

    I don't know what it is with all the liberal propaganda. It's ruining this country!

    May 1, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  222. Dustin

    Stop the media! Hold ALL calls! Someone announced that they're gay, and everybody is flipping out about it. What does it matter? We are all human beings on this earth, and so what if we have different sexual orientations? We should all just accept each other as we are, and not make such a big deal about it.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  223. Taylor

    I think that if you are straight or homosexual, it doesn't matter. We are all equals and should be treated like equals. As long as they are happy, it's up to them.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Mark

      I support your comment! It should be put on the show! 😀

      May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  224. Steven

    In my opinion,why should it matter if he is gay. If he is good at what he does then let him be.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  225. Hannah

    That's him people make their own desions

    May 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  226. Jane

    I think it's nice that he is able to come out about it being gay. It's really awesome that he isn't scared to do it while he's still playing basketball.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  227. danny

    I think that if someone is gay he can still do stuff. he can still be treated the same

    May 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Johannes

      Of course he can still do stuff, it's not like he is paralyzed.

      May 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  228. Kaci

    I do not see anything wrong with it. A lot of fans and team mates look up to him. It took a lot for him to come out and say that he was gay. I do not think people should judge him!

    May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  229. Katie

    I support that Jason Collins. If you don't like that he is gay then don't talk to him or anyone that is that way. The world has a lot of people that judge others. Treat others the way you want to be treated if your gay then how would you like it if someone treated you like that.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  230. Callie

    I think there is nothing wrong with being gay and it is good that he is confident enough to stand up for himself.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  231. Tianna

    I do not think that being gay is a bad thing. It's his life not anybody else's. So if chooses to be gay then don't worry about it.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  232. braynka

    I think people should be juge by what they do not by the color there skin that is a bessing that people don't care what peple say do you dont let someone say you can't do that because you are black or white or what ever color you are.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  233. elyria

    some people will say that gay means happy but people does not know that there are two definitions but at least he told sombody and i not trying to say that i'm gay cause if he keeps it to himself som one is going to notice like most gay boys dress like girls and girls that are gay dress like boys but gay boys can still be gay and dress like boys and girls can be gay and dress like girls so that was a discussion and i will never in my life bay gay i thick he lost his mind he needs to read this because hopefully when he gets even older he will understand what he did when he was younger he will regret this one day so just don't let anyone fool you cause they can really good and i'm Elyria the super hero.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  234. Deana

    I totally support him. He had the courage to say that and not many people do. They're scared of what others will think of them. Even if you don't support his choices, you have to at least respect him as a person.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  235. Levi

    I don't mind if people are gay if they're athletes.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • jacob

      it's inapprote that he should live that way and he's teaching little kids that being gay in the NBA is cool

      May 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  236. Zach

    Even though people may think that this is wrong and inappropriate, I believe that it is his decision what he wants to be. Everyone is different, nobody is alike. Why tell people that they can't be who they ARE. That doesn't change anything and I shouldn't. STOP HATIN!

    May 1, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  237. Joey

    Who cares! I think everyone just needs to calm down and accept everyones differences. I really dont see how this needs to get blow out of proportion and needs to be made into a huge headline. He made his decision to come out, and it is his decision. Not anyone elses. I dont care if an athelete is gay. I think its ok.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  238. Ben

    I don't understand why this is such a big deal! How does it affect anyone else if someone is gay? I feel like gay people should be able to come out, no matter what, and that people shouldn't care anymore because it isn't their buisness.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Mac

      Now, if it's "their business", what do they got to "come out" for? Let them lives their lives quietly and stop shoving such evil down our throats.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  239. Anthony

    Let him live his life love who he loves and be who he wants to be

    May 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  240. jacob

    this is A HORRIBLE it is agianst God's law

    May 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Robin

      Who cares what a BOOK says?

      May 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
      • Cosmo

        The Bible is not just a book, it is the holy word of God. And when the day of judgement comes, you'll be wishing that you would've cared what a BOOK says.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • Natalie

      When Jason is older I hope he will look back and see how wrong it is in life!

      May 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Natalie

      When Jason is older I hope he will look back and see how wrong it is i!

      May 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • malachi

      it is not against gods rule to not be gay.god dosen't care if you are gay or not.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:42 am |
      • Cosmo

        God does care, Levitcus 18:22 If you lie with a man as you would lie with a woman, it is an abomination.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:06 am |
      • Herman

        Sir actually it is against the Bible in Gods words, you should open your old testament and go to Leviticus 18:22

        May 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
  241. Danielle

    I think this is a great step in history. If someone is gay, it doesn't affect you at all, so I don't know why people are so against it. Thumbs up to Jason! I think he might inspire other people to accept themselves and love each other.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  242. kelondre

    if he wanna be gay let him be gay

    May 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  243. Noah

    Its his choice none goes around telling people they cant have their hair short because that person doesnt like it. It really shouldnt matter athelete or not people are who they are

    May 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  244. danny

    i believe that he standing up and saying something about him being gay is a brave thing to do because he told people that we are all people and we make our own decisions in life on who we want to be with a girl,boy doesn't matter as long as you are happy

    May 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  245. Solon

    I think that he is repeating an act like from the civil rights movement, but this time it is for gays. People shouldn't hate gays, if I was gay, it wouldn't hurt anybody. This man is awesome and tough. He is breaking another barrier from making the world a better place.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  246. Oswald

    This is in no way news worthy, it's just more liberal propaganda.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  247. vince

    i think it was his choice ad by doing it he can let others do it to

    May 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  248. Matt

    I think he should just keep it to himself. There is no reason to announce that your gay to the word. The only thing that can happen from this is being in the spotlight. I think it was a bad idea.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  249. Isaac

    He is very brave for coming out of his shell to say what he is, and I do not think people should be mad or ashamed. If you do jot like him now then you don't have to watch him.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Mac

      Like you have to be brave to "come out" in such a progressive society? Please.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  250. Nim

    I don't really think it matters. Though, maybe he shouldn't have announced it, because he could have less fans because of this. The only he really might have, are the ones that believed in him from the start. His friend in the locker room, was right though, if he is a good man it doesn't matter if he's gay.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  251. Kandice

    In my opinion everybody is allowed to do whatever they want and like whatever they want. In any matter it is not our buisness if someone likes the opposite sex because it does not involve us then we do not need to worry. As long as that person is still themselves then there is nothing to worry about because they are still good.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  252. Izhoi

    Honestly, it shouldn't really bother anybody if he gay or not. He is still the exact same basketball player he was before. It doesn't bother me if he is. I'm a huge basketball fan and I'm not gonna stop watching the games because of it. He is a lot braver than a lot of people for coming out and saying the he is.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  253. Kayla

    I don't think he should announce it to the whole world because first of all, some people think being gay is wrong. I guess now some people don't really like him. I personally don't care about people being gay and stuff, but I really think he's brave for standing up like that.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  254. Nikki

    I think it was brave of him to come out so openly about it. Most people who are gay/bi are afraid to admit it. This might actually inspire others do to the same. i support him.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  255. Robin

    To be honest, I'm not surprised. But I have always found it very sad when people don't support gay rights because of religion or that they think its disgusting or unnatural. I'm not a gay person, but I support gay rights. Just because someone takes interest in the same gender, does not mean there is something wrong with them. It's called CHANGE. But so many people want everything to stay the same. I think what this guy did was brave, and could teach more people to accept this.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  256. Becca

    I think it's great that someone is finally coming out and saying that their gay instead of hiding and coming out after they retire. Hopefully, he can use this in order to stand up for bully awareness and encourage others that its alright to be a little different and to stand out from the rest of the group

    May 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  257. Bretelle

    i dont suppot it, but if that's the way me feels then thats fine it really doesnt matter

    May 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  258. Isaiah

    Better him telling the world than someone finding out and the media going crazy, making it an even bigger deal than neccessary. It takes courage to do something like this. Even though I'm religious, God taught us to love your neighbor as you love yourself, so I respect him and dont think of him any differently.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • Cosmo

      Jesus may have told us to love everyone, but homosexuality is still a sin, and he should not be praised because of it.

      May 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • Lacy

        So right

        May 6, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  259. Bretelle

    i dont support it, but if thats what he wants to do it he can

    May 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
  260. EmEm

    I think it is right for what he did. At least he has the guts to say he is gay but we should not bully him for his actions but suport him in his decision. I am a christian and yet I don't agree with his decision i will not absolutly not make fun of him what-so-ever! 😉

    May 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  261. Lisa

    His announcement was perfectly fine. I have always been told be who you are and that is what he did.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • Herman

      I also believe that being who you are is a good thing but in this case it is not a good thing to do. Homosexuality is a sin and it is never a good idea to be sinful on purpose which is exactly what he is doing, so in this case i would say that he should not be "who he is"

      May 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  262. Natalie

    Being gay is a bad thing but he gets to chose what he wants to do in his life

    May 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  263. Giovanna

    i think it was really hard to do but he was really brave who knows he might have helped alot of other people, because
    they probably didnt want to say they are gay because people wouldnt think they were the same person or would bully them for who they are. like some one in my school is gay and im best friends with them if someone is mean to her i stand up for her and say to leave her alone she is just like you why are you being mean

    May 2, 2013 at 7:30 am |
  264. lashell

    hey is it really our business ,he had courage to tell what he is so he telling and sharing a part of him so just leave the guy alone. I say to him keep having faith.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:07 am |
  265. malachi

    i think that the media has no business with he does,it is what he believes in and its his rights.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:31 am |
  266. Logan

    I hate that media is making such a huge deal about this. I mean there are plenty of gays in the world. So I think that he is a amazing person coming out with this definitely because this could ruin is career. I know it must have been hard for him to even confess to be gay. Because he might be afraid his team mates might lose respect for him. Some team mates might think " It might not be good to hang around him anymore because he might think of is team mates sexually" But I have mad respect for him because that is a hard thing to reveal being a professional athlete.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  267. Bruce

    When an athlete is a good christian, people dislike him, but when an athlete comes out and says he's gay, everyone is just so excited. This is a sad world. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil..." -Isaiah 5:20

    May 2, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  268. Jude

    "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." -Levitcus 18:22

    May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  269. Herman

    This is an absolute disgrace and i am disgusted in this man for saying this. And for him to say he is a christian,its very ironic for him to follow a faith that condemns him.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • DJ

      Excuse me?! If your so called 'God' didn't want man and man or woman and woman to be together, don't ya' think God would make it so people wouldn't WANT to be with the same gender?!

      Or do you not realize that people have different thoughts and can do what they want. It's THEIR lives, not Gods.

      May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
      • Mac

        Human beings are of a sinful nature, ever since Adam took a bite of the apple. Odds are, if your heart tells you or if you "want" something, it's wrong. To be a follower of Jesus, one must learn to listen only to God Himself and not our own selves. Homosexuality is a sin. Regardless if the gays "want" the same sex or not.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:22 am |
      • Herman

        First off i would like to say shame on you for quoting god. That is a true disgrace. Also God did not make them attracted to the same gender that was their own free will. The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. And also it is not our lives, we are simply borrowing it from God.

        May 3, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • Autumn

      Random question young lad who seems to know SOOOO much about religion: Where Adam and Eve married? Because if I remember correctly, they were not. And the 'bedded' with each other.

      Isn't that sin? So how bad can a gay person be.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • Cosmo

        Adam and Eve did commit sins, they weren't perfect, none of us are. But, God only asks us to try to live more Christ-like lives. Not to live without sin, He doesn't expect that much of us. But we still have to do our part and spread His word and glory, and to not praise people when they do wrong against Him.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am |
      • Herman

        That statement not only was irelevant but made absolutely no sense.

        May 3, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • Deejay

      Random question young lad who seems to know SOOOO much about religion: Where Adam and Eve married? Because if I remember correctly, they were not. And the 'bedded' with each other.

      Isn't that sin? So how bad can a gay person be.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  270. Thomas

    I feel bad for him because hes going to be a free agent and most likely, Owners and GM's arent going to want him now because hes gay.

    May 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  271. Emmaleigh

    Honestly, I don't care if he was gay or strait or bisexual. Just because he's gay doesn't mean his performance will deplete or cause him to stop what he's doing. Why is it when someone say' they like their same gender it causes more wildfire and drama than when it comes to bigger problems? We need to learn to accept people for who they are, and understand that nature made us all for a reason.

    May 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  272. Jenna

    Its his choice to say it.

    May 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  273. Dustin

    I think it is a step toward the right direction. I do hope this breaks the flood gates so there is no fear of coming out LGBT.

    May 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  274. Christian

    I think that it is a good thing. Kids need to know that being gay isn't a bad thing.

    May 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  275. Autumn

    First of all, it took guts for him to announce his sexuality. People have already reacted like immature babies about it. Second, it doesn't matter WHO he likes. Not only is his love life none of our business, he can love who he loves. No one should be able stop us from loving someone, not god, not the government, no one.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Herman

      God* First off i'd like to say that God especially is able to tell people what is right and wrong, he made us. But not only that but the government also has the right to defend the morals on which this great nation was founded by protecting the hetrosexuality that is what God intended unlike the sinful homosexuality.

      May 3, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  276. Dayquan

    It doesn't really matter because their are a lot of people out there that are gay and people don't pay attention so why pay attention to Jimmy.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  277. Jaquez

    I think we should make a big deal but, i think he wants the world to know so he can be happy.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  278. Sara

    I'm happy that he made his statement out loud in public, people should be straightforward and honest like this all the time. Let people be who they want to be!

    May 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  279. Leah

    I'm not exactly all for gays but he shouldn't have to hide in the shadows. I honestly don't see why this is such a big deal though. So what? It's his decision and we shouldn't judge him, especially the media.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Jack

      Ha! As if the leftist media would judge a gay. Now, if he were to come and say he was an outspoken conservative, he'd be getting some real heat.

      May 3, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  280. Karina

    He had courage to announce it: great! Now what do you what me to do with that information?

    May 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  281. Hana

    He should be able to express himself and people should'nt make such a big deal out of it. If anything we should be prassing him he is only one of the people to come open on a professional sports team who is brave enough, and he shouldnt be judged for that.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  282. Chris

    I feel that what he did was ok for what he had to do.It was not like anyone else in the NBA was going to speak up and say they are gay I feel what he did was good.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:35 am |
  283. lashell

    Is it really are business,He had bravrey to tell us what he was, so whats the deal he is an amazing basketball player, so just keep playing hard and have fun don't worry about those people who make fun of you just shake the haters off.

    May 3, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  284. Harold

    This is an utter desgrace and it is things like this that make me ashamed to say im American, because we tolerate things like this in our country.

    May 3, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  285. Jim

    Not to spout off any trouble here but the one going around as adolf is one of my freinds. his name is not adolf and he only set it as that to be racist in that way. Please excuse his ignorance

    May 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  286. Jazzy

    It doesn't matter if people know or not, and that goes for everything on media. Some people get really interested and gossip and tweet and blog about this kind of thing. Some get mad and Some just don't care. For me, I think that Collins is a good basketball player and that's all I care about; this news story means nothing to me.

    May 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  287. Happy

    He has courage to tell it! That's good! What do you think about it?And it doesn't matter really.

    May 4, 2013 at 1:55 am |
    • smily

      Yep! I think he has courage.

      May 4, 2013 at 1:57 am |
  288. Nathaniel

    The Holy word of God explicitley tells us that being gay is wicked and sinful. This man is sinner.

    May 4, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  289. NoName

    "He's gay, But he's a person, he's like one of us.Some are Christian, Some are something else. Thats what I believe. The next person we see might believe something different from me, but that does not mean he is not allowed to be a normal guy like go to the movies or something like that."

    May 4, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  290. Amber

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. If he is gay, he is gay. No one can choose whether they are gay or not, they are literally born that way. It is not his fault he is gay, it's no one's fault. So everybody lay off and let the guy live his life as a gay. He has the right to do so. Everyone is gonna hate, but that doesn't mean you should listen. So go on and live your life,dude.

    May 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  291. Ellie

    I think it's cool that he stood up and told everyone! I support gays and lesbians because I think there is nothing wrong wirh them, and I think that they should just be them selves.

    May 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  292. Sue

    I think he was very brave to stoop up and told everyone that he's gay.

    May 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  293. Ahmeer

    Jason is very brave to come out that he is gay, I really don't care if he is gay or not because it is not going affect us, We aint going lose no sleep......

    May 6, 2013 at 8:38 am |
  294. Don-Neira

    II think that it was really brave for him to stand up and announce what he had on his mind. No one should judge him and if so they should be saying that he's a really brave man...

    May 6, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  295. Tyrik

    My opinion of this is if hes gay then so be it. if he's happy the way he is i don't think people should downgrade him just because of how he wants to be. I do support his decision because its just him

    May 6, 2013 at 8:42 am |
  296. Quidajah

    II think he was brave for telling the word he was gay. Also it was OK to share you can not judge anyone on what they wanna be.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:43 am |
  297. Namirh

    iI think he made the right choice by coming out and saying hes gay he should just rock out and be him

    May 6, 2013 at 8:44 am |
  298. Malvin

    II think that it is cool that he came out and said he was gay but it really doesn`t change anything for me because I`m still going to look at the NBA the same way i always did even if all of them were gay i wouldn`t care he`s still having fun playing the game making his money the haters shouldn`t worry about him.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  299. Shaleek

    I think people should stay the way they are and not try to be like someone else. and that's what makes life better.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  300. Lacy

    I think that people should express themselves every way possible. Even if they're gay.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  301. Maddie

    I think he was brave to do something like that. I think it's okay for people to be gay, but I'm never going to be one. I want to marry a man and live my life with him.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  302. Yasinya

    I am not against being gay, nor am I for it, but I do give him credit for being brave enough to come out of the closet.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  303. Brooke

    So what if he's gay people all the time say their gay it doesn't really matter so why make a big deal about it

    May 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  304. kelondre

    well thats him nobody cant tell him dont be gay cause thats his choice if he wanna be gay period point blank done

    May 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  305. Allie

    I think that it's good he's telling the truth and not covering it up, it's not like being gay is a crime. Why wouldn't he admit it? I like that someone was brave enough to say he's gay.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
  306. Mariah

    I don't personally don't careif they're gayer not, they are who they are and he was brave, he had the guts to say that.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm |