"Let's just cut through the skinny ... I'm proud of the young man," Malone said Thursday on the "Bucher & Towney" show with Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend on 95.7 FM in the Bay Area. "Isn't it about time that we stopped wasting so much time on what a person prefers?"
Malone also spoke about his gay brother-in-law, as well as former teammate John Amaechi, who first spoke publicly about being gay in 2007 after retiring from the NBA.
"I played with a teammate, John Amaechi, who was gay. He didn't just wake up and say, 'I'm gay today.' He was gay then," Malone said. "Did I ever once feel uncomfortable? Do I feel uncomfortable right now with a gay person in the room? No. I might even joke with them about it ... I would undress in front of them now. I'm not afraid."
Collins announced Monday that he's gay in a story for Sports Illustrated.
"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," Collins wrote. "I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.