Yesterday the NBA, entire sports world, and North America as a whole, was talking about NBA center Jason Collins decision to come out as a gay man while his playing career is still going on. For the most part, the response in the media and across social networks, has been exceedingly positive, and Jason himself has said that he is moved by the support.
One of the most notable names to lend support for his decision to announce his sexuality was former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who tweeted at Collins. He wasn’t the only person representing the White House to reach out, as Michelle Obama tweeted, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! – mo” [the “mo” noting that the First Lady tweeted it herself and not just an aide].
The White House wasn’t done there, as POTUS himself, Barack Obama, called up Collins on the phone and wanted to commend him for his bravery with going public with his sexual orientation.
President Obama called NBA player Jason Collins Monday to offer his support after Collins announced he's gay, becoming the first openly gay major league professional athlete, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett has learned.
The president offered congratulations and support on Collins' courage and willingness to be the first in the four dominant pro sports to make this announcement.
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary (who you may recall threw a jab at Jay-Z over his lyrics on “Open Letter”) issued a statement in support of Collins as well.
Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters he hadn't talked to President Obama about Collins' announcement but said "that here at the White House we view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country, and commend him for his courage, and support him in this effort and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward."
Here's video of Obama addressing his phone call to Collins saying he "couldn't be prouder of him."