Twitter has blown up with mostly support for Jason (and sadly some jerks). This summarizes some of the better ones:
Respect to #jasoncollinsThis is what role models are made of.Here's to a time when it's no big deal.The reoccurring theme here is that this is "No Big Deal", however, I think the fact that everyone has something to say about this in news shows and social media proves that it IS a big deal; it is in fact a HUGE deal... it just isn't a big deal for the reason that it used to be a big deal. Being gay used to be something that was looked down upon and to be ashamed of, but now it is pretty common place. Of course there are gay men in sports - they have just been afraid to come out. Jason Collins is a role model for young gay athletes and THATS why it is a huge deal.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 30, 2013
Collins coming out 'both an enormous deal & I think no big deal at all,' ESPN's Mike Greenberg says on.cnn.com/13IwhfA @mikeandmike
— CNN Mornings (@cnnmornings) April 30, 2013
This was a long time coming and, in my mind, long over due. Congrats to Jason and the new era of fear free sports. I think it is a strong statement about modern society and sports when this news didn't even interest me much - until the repeated headlines and "No Big Deal" kept flashing across my phone's news feed.
Last word goes to Mark Tewksbury, Swimming Canada's last Olympic Gold Medalist (100BK in 1992), who came out long ago:
Great day for evolution of sport.Congrats @jasoncollins34 Billy Jean, Martina, Greg, and other gay pioneers need to be celebrated as well!
— Mark Tewksbury (@marktewks) April 29, 2013