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Former, current KC athletes support first gay pro athlete

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As Jason Collins broke ground as the first active professional athlete in a major sport to admit that he is gay, other athletes rallied around him.

Among those supporting Collins were retired and current players in Kansas City.

"I'm sure there was a lot of pain for Jason, and when the pain becomes too much to bear, you do something about it," former Kansas City Kings standout Sam Lacey said.

When it comes to African-American athletes and other social issues, sports often is pioneering. But when it comes to gays in testosterone-filled locker rooms, it's been a taboo.

Former and current pro players said someone's sexual preference doesn't matter to them.

Several members of the current Royals said they would be accepting and supportive if a teammate was gay. One player said the key would be that the gay player not cause problems inside the locker room. 

Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams said players shouldn't suppress their sexuality.

"Just be yourself and if that's who you are and that's what you want to be, it should not stop you from being out there and doing the things that you want to do," Williams said.

Former NFL player Mike Jones said players don't care about someone's sexuality. Jones said players only care about an athlete's performance on the field.

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