Jason Collins made a tremendously brave announcement today. I spoke with Jason today, right before the Sports Illustrated article broke as a cover story on the web.
I listened to him, and heard real strength and grace in his voice. He is a man of high character, a terrific teammate and is quite professional.
My message to him was simple: "I believe what you did in being true to yourself shows integrity and courage, we are proud of you and I support you in every way possible. Good for you."
I am also proud of his teammates (as well as all others who have spoken out) for their messages of support. Those interested in Jason's story should check out the great work being done in conjunction with the NHL and the You Can Play campaign. We have been big supporters of that program and will support Jason however he best sees fit.