San Antonio Spurs players react to Jason Collins' coming out

Coach Pop: 'It’s nobody’s business'


SAN ANTONIO - On Tuesday, members of the San Antonio Spurs reacted to the news that NBA player Jason Collins announced that he is gay.

“I was happily shocked. I mean, it’s crazy that in 2013, somebody says it and it's, like, a big shock, and everybody talking about it," said Manu Ginobili, Spurs' fprward.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacted to the reaction.

“(In) today's day and age, too bad it has to be such an amazing thing for everybody to talk about, you know. It’s nobody’s business," Popovich said.

But it was the topic of discussion across the country -- especially on talk radio. Collins also got call a call from President Barack Obama and he did network interviews.

“It should be normal and he shouldn't even have to announce it or say it," Ginobili said. "Nobody should care."

“I could care less whether somebody's gay or not gay. It's got nothing to do with anything else," Popovich said.

Ginobili said in other countries like France and his home country of Argentina, the news would not have been as big a deal.

"Here is a little different in that regard. There has never been an NBA player or major sports athlete to announce it, so that why the first one is always big news," Ginobili said.

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