NBA players, others react to news of Jason Collins coming out

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  April 29, 2013 12:05 PM

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NBA veteran Jason Collins, who split his time between the Celtics and Wizards this season, admitted he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Here is some reaction from around the league and elsewhere.

-- Guard Baron Davis (last played for the Knicks in 2012):

-- Lakers guard Kobe Bryant:

-- Lakers guard Steve Nash:

-- Former president Bill Clinton:

Here is President Clinton's full statement.

-- NBA commissioner David Stern released a statement, which read in part:

-- The Red Sox praised Collins for his courage and made him an offer:

-- The Celtics didn't have media availability Monday, but coach Doc Rivers released a statement:

“I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins," Rivers said. "He’s a pro’s pro. He is the consummate professional and he is one of my favorite “team” players I have ever coached. If you have learned anything from Jackie Robinson, it is that teammates are always the first to accept. It will be society who has to learn tolerance. One of my favorite sayings is, I am who I am, are whom we are, can be what I want to be its not up to you, it’s just me being me."

-- The Washington Wizards, Collins' most recent team:

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