BY: John Mamola
NBA free agent Center Jason Collins said he was gay Monday, becoming the first athlete to come out while actively playing in one of the four U.S. major pro sports leagues. Reaction from around all professional sports, for the most part was overwhelmingly positive.
Dozens of NBA players, coaches and executives chimed in to support to Collins, as did players from across the sports landscape. Collins even received a phone call from President Barack Obama who applauded Collins’ decision to step out and said he was impressed by his courage.
The issue of gay marriage and homosexuality is still a highly debated topic around the world, with deep passion running on both sides. During a Monday episode of ESPN’s award winning program Outside The Lines, ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard was asked if Collins’ revelation reflected at all on his Christianity.
Here is what Broussard had to say.