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Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton “Proud” Of Jason Collins

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Professional athletes and even politicians are taking to Twitter to express their support for NBA center, Jason Collins. On Monday, Collins revealed that he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated.  “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” he tells the magazine.

Collins’ announcement has the social networking websites buzzing:

“Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU,” Kobe Bryant tweeted.

“I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. #FTheHaters,” Baron Davis wrote.

“The time has come. Maximum respect,” Steve Nash added.

Former president Bill Clinton even took to Twitter to express his support for Collins who went to college with his daughter, Chelsea. He also released this statement on his website:

“I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea’s classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities.

For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason’s colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.”

And of course there were some detractors like New York radio personality, Charlamagne Tha God, who tweeted:

“Jason Collins. Never heard of him. Don’t even know what position he plays. Is he a good penetrator? How’s his ball handling skills?”

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