With almost universal praise and acceptance across the league for Jason Collins and his announcement that he is gay, one former NBA player is going in the other direction.
I don't know Jason Collins personally but he seems like a great guy. Me personally gay men in the locker room would make me uncomfortable.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 29, 2013
Ppl ! this is nothing against Jason or homosexual's,all I'm saying is this don't belong in a man's locker room.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
I don't judge anyone!! I have fallen shortof the grace of Allah myself, but stop trying to make this acceptable.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
Johnson last played in 2001, and things have certainly progressed quite a bit since his time in the league. He also recently converted to Islam.
Johnson also used multiple tweets responding to people, saying he didn't see a difference between a gay player being in the locker room and a woman being in it.
"thx you for your comment SIR, homosexuality is nothing to fear,I don't think it belongs in a mans locker room," he responded to one person. "here's a man that say he's attracted to other men. Now he's walking around a locker room with naked man ... I'm attracted to women,is it ok for me to walk around a women's locker room naked, and they be naked."
One thing that could complicate Johnson's matters: He's currently works for the Knicks as a business and basketball operations representative.
As of Tuesday evening, Johnson's tweets still stand and have not been deleted.