Jason Collins' former NBA teammate, Mark Sanford, supports Collins' decision to announce he's gay

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla -- NBA player Jason Collins took a big step forward in the professional sports world today and it had nothing to do with points or rebounds.

In a story published in Sports Illustrated on Monday, Collins tells the world that he's a homosexual, marking the first time a current professional athlete in any major American sport has come out.

His former New Jersey Nets teammate, Mark Sanford, the current women's basketball coach at Northwood University, supports Collins' decision to come out and announce that he's gay.

Sanford believes if there's one guy who's strong enough to come out it's Jason.

"When I reflect back on the kind of person he is, the kind of teammate he was, I'm happy that it's him because I know he can take it," Sanford told ESPN 106.3's Emerson Lotzia in a 1-on-1 interview.

Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, is receiving an outpour of positive support from high-profile figures such as former President Bill Clinton, NBA commissioner David Stern and athletes all across the sports world.

Click on the video attached to this story to watch Lotzia's exclusive interview with Sanford.

 

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