It takes big balls to do that, especially [in] the society that we live in, knowing that everybody gonna have something to say. … So for him to step up to the plate and do that, I’m pretty sure that that opened the floodgates for a lot of other people.”
“I’m just glad he came out,” Anthony said. “A secret like that can eat you alive. It sounds like from what I’m hearing in the interviews that he’s a free man now, he can sleep at night. He don’t have to worry about anything. I hope he just focuses on continuing to play basketball and just living life freely.
If you have learned anything from Jackie Robinson, it is that teammates are always the first to accept. It will be society who has to learn tolerance.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers on Jason Collins. (via andrewgraham
I don’t care the color of your skin, sexual orientation, religion. If you can play the game, come on in.
Jason Kidd (New York Knicks): Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate. @jasoncollins34
Michael Strahan (Former Giant football player): So proud of @jasoncollins34 for having the courage to stand up and out for who he is. I support, respect and salute you!!
Best line in Jason Collins coming-out story: “note to Shaq: my flopping has nothing to do w/being gay
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver • Fanning the flames of controversy by saying gay players would not be welcome on the team. Culliver made the comments to comic and radio host Artie Lange.
The 49ers released a statement denouncing the player’s comments: ”The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], and have addressed the matter with Chris,” they said. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person. … I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.
Charles Barkley • The Hall-Of-Fame power forward speaking out about homosexuality in sports, in the wake of Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts coming out in an New York Times story over the weekend. Barkley’s comments are earnest and worthy of notice, especially in recent weeks that have seen sexual orientation become a focal point in the NBA. The impetus of it all, to some extent, was the very public stance the league took when Kobe Bryant hurled a slur at an official. Bryant received a s stiff fine, and to his credit to some extent, he later partnered with a gay rights group for public education. Then, Phoenix Suns players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley shot a PSA denouncing the use of “gay” as a playground insult (a move that invariably and depressingly got them called “gay” a lot via Twitter). It was on this recent foundation that Welts came out. Courage like this brings us ever closer to a more enlightened society, so simply, thank you. source (via • follow)