An NBA veteran decided to come out as the first openly gay player in a U.S. major league.
NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male player in the major American professional sports to come out as gay.
The 34-year-old Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, and is now a free agent.
Clubs, co-NBA players, and even the White House showed their support and offered words of praise to the Washington Wizards center.
Among those who tweeted in support of Collins are Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and teammates Bradley Beal and Garret Temple.
Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
Proud of @jasoncollins34 for expressing his feelings! Great teammate, mentor and better person !! #liveyourlife !
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) April 29, 2013
Much respect to my teammate @jasoncollins34 for being #real
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) April 29, 2013
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the announcement was "another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country."