Michael Sam and others weigh in on Jason Collins' signing with Nets
FEB 23, 2014 6:45p ET
When the Nets play the Lakers on Sunday night, Jason Collins will be there in a Brooklyn uniform as the NBA's first active and openly gay player.
The 7-foot-tall center signed a 10-day contract with the Nets earlier in the day, and several high-profile athletes took to Twitter to celebrate the move.
For starters, Collins' new team posted a message asking followers to retweet the news of his signing as way to welcome the 35-year-old to Brooklyn:
Former Missouri Tigers football player Michael Sam -- who came out earlier this month and could himself become the first openly gay player in the NFL -- also was one of the first to weigh in on the signing of Collins:
Collins also received words of encouragement from L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Roberts, who came out in 2013:
Even the new mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, got in on the tweeting, asking followers to retweet his post as a sign that they're proud of Collins and the Nets: