In the May issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA player Jason Collins self-pens an article about why he is coming out as a homosexual.
Collins wrote: "Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want."
Collins used to play for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. The 34-year-old center is currently a free agent.
Collins has received much support on Twitter from Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers, reports GoodAsYou.org. Non-NBA supporters included former President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee and Rosie O'Donnell.
However, Matt Barber of the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel was less than enthusiastic. Barber tweeted: "When will the first brave athlete 'come out' & acknowledge that he & his mother hook up? We need role models for incestuous kids! Courage!"