LJ tweets his discomfort after Collins news

April, 30, 2013
4/30/13
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Jason Collins' announcement on Monday that he is gay was met with public support from around the NBA.

But ex-Knick Larry Johnson took a dissenting tone on Twitter.

Johnson tweeted that does not know Collins and that he "seems like a great guy" but added that he'd be "uncomfortable" having "gay men" in the locker room.

Collins announced that he's gay in a story for Sports Illustrated on Monday, becoming the first active player in a major American men's team sport to do so.

Johnson, a retired player who is a basketball and business operations representative for the Knicks, tweeted on Monday night: "I don't Jason Collins personally but he seems like a great guy. Me personally gay men in the locked room would make me uncomfortable."

Many have wondered how male athletes would react once one of their colleagues announced that he is gay.

Collins' announcement was met with public support from around the NBA. Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers, David Stern and Wizards executive Ernie Grunfeld all issued statements in support of Collins.

So did Knicks veteran Jason Kidd.

Shortly after Collins' announcement, Kidd posted the following message on his official Twitter account: "Jason's sexuality doesn't change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate."

Kidd played with Collins in New Jersey for seven seasons.

Collins has several ties to the Knicks. He played with Kenyon Martin in New Jersey for three seasons and was coached by Mike Woodson in Atlanta in the 2009-10 season.

For the full news story on Collins, click here.

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