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The Worst Reactions To NBA Player Jason Collins Coming Out

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There continue to be plenty of positive reactions on Monday to the news that NBA player Jason Collins had come out as gay, but not all of the responses were supportive. Some players, coaches, and sportscasters used the news as an opportunity to express disdain for gay people. Here are just some of the worst reactions to Jason Collins’s history-making news:

Miami Dolphin’s Wide Receiver Mike Wallace tweeted, then deleted, “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH.” He later tweeted an apology:

CBS Sportscaster Mike Francesa called Collins’s announcement “a dramatic attempt to sell a magazine”:

It means less than nothing to me that there is a gay player now out if the NBA. SI going to reveal this this week in—I don’t know why—I guess a dramatic attempt to sell a magazine, I guess.

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I have the story here and I’m not compelled to run and talk about it or read it. I really don’t care. I can’t be any more honest. I don’t care.

Sirius radio host Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Ruso said he just didn’t care:

ESPN Sportscaster Chris Broussard said that Collins was not “a Christian” because of his sexual orientation:

There were also some comments about Collins that were more ambiguous. Mark Jackson, coach of the NBA Team the Golden State Warriors, spoke about Collins’s article in a press conference on Monday, where, according to a journalist in the room, he said, “As a Christian man I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong, that being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family… And (I’m) certainly praying for them at this time.” The CEO of the Warriors is the only known gay executive of an NBA team.

There’s also a question about the authenticity of some of the supportive comments. As New York Magazine noticed, “retired Spurs guard Bruce Bowen and current Spurs guard Tony Parker tweeted out the exact same message of encouragement.”

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