Late this morning, news broke that Washington Wizards player Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated that he is gay, making him the first athlete from a major American team sport to come out of the closet.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” the 34-year-old center admitted the magazine.

Collins said he was inspired to come out in part by the bombings in Boston.

“The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?”

Carson Daly and Producer Angie were encouraged by Collins’ bravery and hope his story will lead to a greater acceptance of homosexuality.

“I assumed that there were other out players. I guess I just never thought about it,”¬†Producer Angie said. “I wonder if more will come out now. ”

“To be African American, male, center, literally the position on the team, strong…it’s wonderful. What a great day,” Carson added. “This could be the floodgate that opens and maybe men and women will feel more comfortable in their sport to have a place to come forward and start living their lives.”

Athletes, celebrities, and even a former President immediately took to Twitter to weigh in on this groundbreaking moment in sports history.

Read Collins’ entire interview with Sports Illustrated here.

  • Do you think¬†Jason Collins’ story will encourage other gay athletes to come out? Explain why or why not in the comments section.

Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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