NBA star Jason Collins reveals that he is gay in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, a first for an active professional American athlete. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," writes the 12-year NBA veteran, who is currently a free agent. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation." Collins admits it was hard staying in the closet for so many years. "It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew," he writes. "And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back." Jason went to Stanford with Chelsea Clinton, and Chelsea’s dad President Bill Clinton immediately offered his support to the basketball star. “Jason's announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community," Clinton said in a statement. "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."
While Jason Collins’ announcement received an outpouring of support on Twitter, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace posted a less than supportive tweet aimed at the NBA star. “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH…,” tweeted Wallace, before taking it down and issuing an apology. He then wrote, “I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone I just don’t understand it. Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”