Hours after NBA center Jason Collins became the first-ever active major American sports athlete to announce he is gay, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace responded with the first controversial reaction.
He said of Collins’ announcement on the micro-blogging site Twitter: “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with guys SMH…”
Almost immediately after posting, users responded, which saw Wallace say, “I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone I just don’t understand it.”
Not surprisingly, both tweets were almost immediately taken down by Wallace. But the aftershock remained.
Then Wallace went back to Twitter and posted, “Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”
NBA Player Jason Collins became the first male athlete to publicly come out in any of the major American sports leagues. In the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, he talks about his journey and why he decided to come out now.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” said Collins.
“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”
Collins talks about his journey from his hometown in Los Angeles and playing 6 pro teams and appearing in two NBA Finals. His accomplishments include the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, two state high school championships, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.
“I’m a veteran, and I’ve earned the right to be heard,” Collins said. “I’ll lead by example and show that gay players are no different from straight ones. I’m not the loudest person in the room, but I’ll speak up when something isn’t right.”