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Landmark day in a long and storied history of American professional sports -- -- a better veteran journeyman Jay Jason Collins today.
Became the first athlete I should say active player in any of the four.
-- -- before sports for guys to come out -- -- Collins made his announcement in the first person account of the Sports Illustrated web site.
He is currently a free agent has played for six different teams and a dozen years in the league.
Jason Collins city is reason we're coming out now is simple and he said quote.
If I had my way somebody else would have already done this nobody -- -- is why I'm raising my hand.
And since this morning all kinds of people heaping praise on Collins from fellow athletes the fans the politicians.
With -- -- Fox News contributor sportscaster Jim Gray Jim we've been hearing this might come but we worth I didn't think Jason Collins was the one.
I don't think anybody did and like -- so that's why he raised his hand we've seen this before particularly in female athletics.
Many tennis players Martina Navratilova.
WNBA players lot of LPGA golfers but this is the first male and any major sports sleek.
We're we're getting all kinds of reaction today if you a quick search on Twitter and you'll see it's almost unanimous Kobe Bryant we did today.
-- a lot of others have he said proud of Jason Collins.
Don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance is -- others.
And a statement from former President Clinton is well.
That read simply I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend from the sports world Jim aside from Patrick Willis of the dolphins.
It sounds like it's been almost unanimous today -- surprises.
While very you know on Twitter there are always people who are going to have their say but we have not seen in any of the professional -- I have not seen.
As of now anything negative I haven't heard any quotes that have been negative it has been.
A tsunami of positive feedback that Jason has gotten and he's close to President Clinton because he went to Stanford he and his brother his twin brother.
And they were in class the same time -- Chelsea so she is also -- it.
Everybody from the wizards management and -- Rumsfeld -- general manager where he played last year to David Stern.
He current commissioner in the new commissioner coming in next year out of -- everybody has had a very positive take on this.
Even ML BS -- a tweet from the MLB official a Twitter account today.
Jim there -- word that there might be a more than this there might be a few players and -- might be football players who were about to come out have you heard anything about that decide what we've seen from CBS.
Well we have seen and heard a lot of talk and -- have been.
Conditioning if that's the right word for this to happen they've associated themselves with some of these associations and gotten themselves in position to be able to.
Have a a place where players can go to have a reaction if they need to have a reaction and to have this in place so that everybody is on board when it happens.
It Jason Collins said it himself up.
He said you know my behavior hasn't changed in the past twelve years I've taken plenty of showers.
And there's never been anybody who's ever had any problem with any -- something.
He said in his behavior won't change but that's where comes into play is because the proximity that these guys have with each other all the time traveling.
Using locker room showering and so on and so forth.
Where the concern by some of the players in the past have come up by Tim Hardaway.
We had a player.
In the Super Bowl.
Call over who said that he was uncomfortable and didn't want -- the 49ers immediately.
Issued a statement saying that that was not permissible -- they would not allow homophobia to go on.
He apologized but you know people have people have their feelings and for Jason to do this is very courageous you know Jim -- from fox sports live with -- -- it's -- -- -- -- -- thank -- Thank -- all right.
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