When Jason Collins became the first athlete in a major U.S. team sport to announce during his playing career that he is gay, the reaction was strong.

Thousands of comments were posted on ESPN.com content about Collins. Some of the comments were supportive. Some were sharply critical. Many touched on topics that SportsNation doesn't usually discuss on these pages, including religion, politics, sexuality and civil rights.

In a special edition of Thumbs Up SportsNation, what follows are some of the most-"liked" comments from this week's stories about Jason Collins.

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