Out NBAer Collins Gets Kudos From President, First Lady
BY Trudy Ring
April 29 2013 6:54 PM ET
In a day that has seen outpourings of support for his coming-out, pro basketball player Jason Collins has now gotten messages of encouragement from the president and first lady.
President Obama called Collins to “express his support” and said he was “impressed by his courage,” an aide told the Washington Blade. Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he hadn’t yet discussed the matter with the president but said Collins’s move would definitely be considered progress. Collins is the first man in major pro team sports to come out as gay while still playing.
First lady Michelle Obama praised Collins via Twitter, saying, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” She signed the message “-mo,” which indicates it came directly from her, not an aide, CBS News reports.
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