Monty Speaks on Collins's Choice
Mike Montgomery (Ed Szczepanski / USA Today)
Publisher, Cal Sports Digest
Posted Apr 29, 2013

Following former Stanford star Jason Collins's brave step on Monday to become the first active major-sport athlete to come out, his former coach speaks on the event.

BERKELEY -- Mike Montgomery spent 18 years at Stanford, and from 1997-2001, he coached one Jason Collins, a 7-footer out of Northridge, Calif., who, after playing with his twin brother, Jarron, went on to become the 18th overall selection in the NBA Draft.

On Monday morning, Collins's self-penned coming-out article for Sports Illustrated was released, making him the first ever active, male, professional team-sport athlete in the United States to publicly identify as homosexual.

Following the release of the article, at the behest of Cal Sports Digest, Montgomery issued the following statement.

“Jason is an exceptional person who put a great deal of thought into this decision," Montgomery said. "This took a lot of courage, and I support him, along with his family and former teammates who have nothing but respect for Jason. I have known him and his family for a long time, since his sophomore year in high school when we started the recruiting process. He is a tremendous player and smart, fierce competitor. Jason is a guy you want to have on your side.”

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