One of the most recognizable stars in the NBA is at the forefront in support of Jason and his decision to reveal that he’s gay. Keep reading to see Kobe’s amazing comments on his fellow basketballer!
When Jason Collins announced that he was gay in a moving letter in Sports Illustrated on April 29, one of his biggest fears had to be that he would be shunned by his NBA peers. But Kobe Bryant isn’t going to let that happen — he is leading the way in support, praising Jason and encouraging everyone to do the same.
Kobe Bryant: ‘We Have To Support’ Jason Collins
Kobe told reporters that he hopes Jason’s decision will pave the way for others like him to feel confident enough in their own skin. “Basically, it is all about being comfortable with yourself,” Kobe told HollywoodLife.com at the event, “An Unforgettable Evening” hosted by EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. “You don’t want to walk around and be a shell of yourself.”
“Him coming out was extremely brave,” Kobe continued. Not only did the NBA superstar express pride in Jason’s bravery, he also submitted a call to action to the rest of the league to accept Jason for who he is. “As his peers we have to support him,” Kobe said, “and those that want to be themselves and be who they are, we should all support them.”
Kobe Bryant’s Ongoing Support Of Jason Collins
It’s huge that a fellow NBA player is showing support like this, but it’s even bigger because it’s Kobe Bryant, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. His comments will reach millions and will be taken seriously because so many people look up to him.
When Jason’s letter was released on April 29, Kobe was one of the first to tweet out his support. “Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others
#courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU,” he said.
We’re proud of Jason as well, but we’re also proud of Kobe for being so vocal. He’s proving that he’s a true leader. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
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— Andrew Gruttadaro, Reporting by Russ Weakland
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