Collins' Washington Wizards teammates Martell Webster and Jan Vesely tweeted support, as did an All-Star lineup of current players – including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Dwayne Wade. Collins announcement drew official statements from the NBA, MLB and the Boston Red Sox (who asked him to throw out the first pitch at a game). Former president Bill Clinton tweeted support, and Collins also got a call from President Obama Monday afternoon.
The only people that seem to have missed the importance of Collins' revelation (besides anonymous Internet haters)? Members of the sports media. Various national sports talk radio hosts called it a stunt to sell magazines and that it wasn't worth time on their shows. And ESPN columnist Chris Broussard appeared on the show Outside the Lines and said that Collins was "walking in open rebellion to God."