Still a kid in so many ways, Wizards rookie Bradley Beal always prefaces his first comments with praises to a higher power.
The 19-year-old also didn't hesitate in letting teammate Jason Collins know that he supported him, too.
Collins, it was revealed by Sports Illustrated on Monday, will be on the cover of its May 6 issue. After completing his 12th NBA season with the Wizards, Collins, who hopes to continue his career, came out as gay.
The 7-foot center was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Wizards in February, where he played sparingly but was considered a solid locker-room presence.
Others around the league were quick to voice their opinions on Collins via social media. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.
Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.— tony Parker (@tonyparker) April 29, 2013
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a D.C. native:
Kevin Durant on Collins' announcement: "As NBA players, this is like a big group of guys, that’s like a brotherhood. I support him."— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 29, 2013
His former coach, Doc Rivers of the Celtics, said in a statement: Doc Rivers on Jason Collins: "“I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins. He’s a pro’s pro. He is the consummate professional ..."
Doc Rivers on Jason Collins: "“I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins. He’s a pro’s pro. He is the consummate professional ..."— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) April 29, 2013
Jason Collins showed a lot of courage today and I respect him for taking a stand and choosing to live in his truth. #nbafamily— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) April 29, 2013
Happy for my former teammate Jason Colllins. A true American. "home of the free because of the brave"— Rudy Gay (@rudygay22) April 29, 2013
Jason's sexuality doesn't change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate. @jasoncollins34— Jason Kidd (@RealJasonKidd) April 29, 2013
@jasoncillins34 you have made sports what it should be and that's "OPEN" proud of you for being you. That's jump shot is still weak lol.— Martell Webster (@MartellWebster) April 29, 2013
Played NBA +college w/ @jasoncollins34 -tremendous human being and PHENOMENAL teammate, leader, friend.Look forward 2his continued success!— Mark Madsen (@madsen_mark) April 29, 2013