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Monday, April 29, 2013
Kidd lends support to Jason Collins

By Ian Begley

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

Shortly after his announcement, many in the NBA voiced public support for Collins, a 12-year veteran.

Knicks guard Jason Kidd was among those who praised Collins.

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.

Kidd's support is noteworthy because 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.

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