Jason Collins comes out: Clinton, media swoon; Others yawn ‘who cares?’

Bingo.

The NBA’s Jason Collins came out as gay in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated.

HISTORICAL MOMENT: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins reveals he is gay on cover of Sports Illustrated. twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik…

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 29, 2013

NBA PLAYER COMES OUT AS GAY… DEVELOPING… drudge.tw/Y8Jcqt

— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 29, 2013

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” – Jason Collins bit.ly/12J9el5

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2013

Libs swoon in 3, 2, 1 RT @buzzfeedandrew: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” bit.ly/14HSUVB

— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) April 29, 2013

And right on cue!

You are a hero to millions. Amazing!!!RT “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” – Jason Collins bit.ly/12J9el5

— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 29, 2013

this moment in sports will help our country become more compassionate, more generous and more tolerant. thank u Jason Collins for ur courage

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 29, 2013

Inspiring courage: NBA center Jason Collins becomes the first active major sports athlete to be openly gay sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/…

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2013

This is big, historic news. RT @richarddeitsch: NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay. An @sinow exclusive: bit.ly/12J9el5

— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 29, 2013

History is made as the first male professional athlete in America comes out of the closet huff.to/16cQ22N

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) April 29, 2013

Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA. bit.ly/ZLei9F

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 29, 2013

Her father, President Bill Clinton, issued a swooning statement almost immediately.

Impressive: Bill Clinton had statement out about Jason Collins within half hour of his coming-out essay being posted at SI

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 29, 2013

“Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports.” — Bill Clinton on Jason Collins

— The Fix (@TheFix) April 29, 2013

He took to Twitter to do so as well.

I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend. wjcf.co/154piCi

— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 29, 2013

Most commend Collins for his honesty.

Good for Jason Collins for speaking his mind about who he is. No matter what the topic, honesty is always gutsy in my book.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) April 29, 2013

Of course, Twitter users must weigh in with some signature snark.

The gay community has to be pissed Jason Collins came out. They finally get 1 player to say he’s gay & it’s the most un-athletic player ever

— Quinn / Mr Hilarious (@Quinton_Harris) April 29, 2013

(not breaking) RT @ap: BREAKING: NBA veteran center Jason Collins comes out as gay in Sports Illustrated article

— Samir Mezrahi (@samir) April 29, 2013

Thank you Jason Collins for removing Tim Tebow from today’s news.

— Jason (@jason1749) April 29, 2013

Jason Collins is the first active NBA player to bravely come out as a member of the Washington Wizards.

— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) April 29, 2013

He’s black?!!! RT @buzzfeedandrew “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/…

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) April 29, 2013

Yeah but how gay?

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) April 29, 2013

Free tip for gay activists: Heterosexuals don’t announce to the world that they are, er, heterosexual: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/…

— Jason Mattera (@JasonMattera) April 29, 2013

Jason Collins media story arc: 1 NBA player comes out as gay. 2 Players initially support Collins. 3 Story of how Collins is shunned by NBA

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) April 29, 2013

1. 34 year-old free agent NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay. 2. No NBA team signs him. 3. Media then declares NBA as homophobic.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) April 29, 2013

Heh.

Many greet the news with a big yawn: Why is it news?

Who is Jay Collin’s and why is he telling us he’s gay? tmz.com/2013/04/29/jas…

— Amy Mousepants(@politicsofamy) April 29, 2013

I couldn’t care less that Jason Collins is black/gay. He’s a mediocre basketball player who doesn’t play for the Heat. #Shrugs

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) April 29, 2013

YAWN! WHO CARES? RT @sinow “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” – Jason Collins bit.ly/12J9el5 #tcot

— slone (@slone) April 29, 2013

Jason Collins is gay .. BIG WHOOP who cares, play the game

— Dylan Jabro (@DylannJabroo) April 29, 2013

I can’t believe sports center sent me an update about Jason Collins being gay . Who cares if he’s gay

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