Jason Collins Gets Advice From Lance Bass On ‘Coming Out’!

CICELY MITCHELL

NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins made history this week, not for a play on the court but by coming out as gay. In fact Collins’ admission of his homosexuality has made him the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport.

As you will recall, singer of the ’90s popular boy band ‘N Sync, Lance Bass admitted that he was gay and opened up about his sexuality back in 2006.

When Bass decided to publicly admit that he was gay, he told People Magazine that he was not only “coming out” but doing so on his terms and with a peaceful heart: “I’m at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God, so there’s really nothing else that I worry about,” Bass stated.

(Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bass, who now hosts SiriusXM’s “Dirty Pop With Lance Bass,” shared on his show that Jason Collins reached out to him for guidance through a mutual friend, actress JoAnna Garcia. “He’s been trying to plan this for a very long time, contemplating if he [Collins] wanted to do this. In fact, he said he was going to call me months ago, but he got too scared,” Bass stated.

Collins had the encouragement of both Bass and made the admission of his homosexuality to the public.
Bass seems to be a support to Collins and stated that he will continue to support him as he endures what he will endure as a gay man in the public eye.

Collins, a graduate of Stanford University and 12 year veteran of the NBA took to his Twitter page to thank those who supported his decision to “come out”:

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