Roundup: The Supportive (And Some Idiotic) Reactions To Jason Collins Coming Out

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The overwhelming reaction to Collins' coming out is positive -- including Michelle Obama -- though some idiots and one ultra-Christian media member emerge.

There are so many stories reacting to Jason Collins coming out, that I have compiled some of the more important, offbeat or offensive ones.

First off, a tweet from Michelle Obama:
@FLOTUS So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!

Jason Collins' bold statement - SBNation.com
Jason Collins' coming out has made a profound statement on the league. So far, most are publicly supporting his cause. Hopefully that continues.

10 Most Homophobic Tweets Following Jason Collins' Coming Out
Here's what the trolls had to say about the NBA's Jason Collins' coming out as gay.

NFL's Mike Wallace Apologizes For Anti-Gay Tweets
Once NBA veteran Jason Collins announced to the world that he’s gay, new Dolphins wide receiver thought it would be smart to voice his thoughts on Twitter. Oh, boy … here we go.

Why Does It Matter If Jason Collins Is A "Bad" Pro Basketball Player?
Right behind the army of people congratulating Jason Collins for coming out today was a smaller army of dedicated wiseasses who were determined to remind you that Jason Collins has had a rather unremarkable 12-year NBA career.

ESPN's Chris Broussard Says Being Gay Is "An Open Rebellion To God"
Well, after ESPN had a fairly terrible morning covering the Jason Collins story, it looked like the network was making progress this afternoon: Smart news hour Outside The Lines would expand to a full hour to discuss the NBA player's announcement. Fantastic.

‘1981 was the year for me’: Martina Navratilova zings media on Jason Collins’ coming out | Twitchy
Well done Jason Collins- you are a brave man. And a big man at that:) 1981 was the year for me- 2013 is the year for you:)— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) April 29, 2013

Metta World Peace relates Cookie Monster shirt with Jason Collins - latimes.com
Metta World Peace offers some words of support for Jason Collins.

Red Sox invite Jason Collins to throw out first pitch
Collins has gotten support and praise from all across the sports landscape.

Clintons, W.H. welcome announcement from friend Jason Collins – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
NBA center Jason Collins' Monday essay in "Sports Illustrated" revealing he's gay was met with quick praise from the White House as well as his classmate at Stanford, Chelsea Clinton. https://twitter.

Jason Collins Breaks a Barrier. But Will He Find Another N.B.A. Job? - NYTimes.com
Based on Jason Collins' talents on the court, and not his announcement that he is gay, what are the chances that this 34-year-old free agent will remain a professional basketball player?

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