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Collins gets plenty of support after coming out

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Bill Clinton applauded his courage, Martina Navratilova called him a pioneer and Doc Rivers compared him to Jackie Robinson.

The NBA's Jason Collins said he was gay Monday, becoming the first athlete to come out while actively playing in one of the four U.S. major pro sports leagues.

And publicly, the reaction from the sports world was overwhelmingly positive.

Dozens of NBA players, coaches and executives chimed in to support to Collins, as did players from across the sports landscape.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash summed up the sentiments of many of his fellow athletes when he simply wrote on Twitter, "The time has come."

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