HAWKS STATEMENT ON JASON COLLINS 
Former Hawk is first active player in major American team sports to announce he is gay. 

ATLANTA -- The following statements are from Atlanta Hawks Managing Partner/NBA Governor Bruce Levenson and President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry on behalf of the team:

"We have great respect for Jason and his message today. Creating an environment where we support, respect, and accept our players' individual rights is very important to us," Hawks Managing Partner and NBA Governor Bruce Levenson said. "Jason represented everything that we look for as a member of the Atlanta Hawks and we are proud he wore our jersey."

"Our focus will always be on bringing in players that can contribute to the greater good of the Atlanta Hawks and ensuring that we create the most accepting, respectful, and productive environment for players to succeed," Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry said.