Obama Calls Jason Collins, ‘Impressed By His Courage’ In Coming Out

Posted: 04/29/2013

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President Obama called NBA player Jason Collins, after the athlete publicly came out as gay. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called Jason Collins on Monday to express his gratitude after the NBA playerpublicly announced that he is gay, two sources familiar with the call told The Huffington Post.

A White House official confirmed the call, saying that the president wanted to “express his support” and tell Collins that “he was impressed by his courage.”

The conversation took place several hours after Sports Illustrated published an essay by Collins in which he came out and explained why he had waited until now to make the announcement.

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