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Jason Collins Twitter Reaction: NBA Player Thanks Supporters After Coming Out (TWEETS)

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Washington Wizards center Jason Collins (98) warms up before their game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Friday, March 15, 2013. | Getty Images

After Jason Collins came out in a poignant essay in Sports Illustrated, the 12-year NBA veteran received support on Twitter from Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant and a multitude of others. Several hours later, Collins shared his own social media message.

Before his piece in SI was released late Monday morning, Collins had fewer than 4,000 followers, according to Mashable. Nearly twelve hours later, he had more than 70,000.

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