Jason Collins’ 11 Best Quotes on Coming Out

An article by the NBA's first openly gay player serves up clarity and common sense.

Jason Collins (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Jason Collins (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In a story that appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated, 34-year-old Washington Wizards center Jason Collins says that he didn’t plan to be the first openly gay player in the league.

But since he’s the new holder of that title, he took the opportunity to pen a piece on the topic that stands out as much for its insight, clarity and common sense as it does for the history-making announcement it contains.

Here are 11 highlights that, we’ve gotta say, transcend the world of sports and the politics of sexual orientation. And there’s more where these come from.

Someone had to step up:

If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

Don’t think this has anything to do with you? Think again:

If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

It’s never too late to do the right thing:

I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”