Tags: obama | phones | collins | gay

Obama Phones Collins, Praises Him for Coming Out

Monday, 29 Apr 2013 10:12 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In a show of support for Jason Collins, President Obama telephoned the NBA player on Monday to congratulate him for revealing his homosexuality, thus making him the first openly gay player on a major U.S. sports team.

According to a White House aide, Obama congratulated Collins and told him he was impressed by his courage.

In an article he wrote for this week's Sports Illustrated, Collins admitted to being gay. He cited Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., as the inspiration behind his decision to come out.

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney also praised Collins.

“Here at the White House we view this as another example of the progress we've made and the evolution that has taken place,” Carney said.

“We commend him on his courage and support him in this effort and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward.”

Collins becomes the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out.






© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Northern California Wildfire Burns 100 Homes

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 22:38 PM

A fire driven by fierce winds raced through the small town of Weed, Calif., near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a  . . .

Senate Holds Hearing on DC Statehood

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:06 PM

In a renewed push to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., a federal hearing was held Monday for what some hope is the st . . .

James Foley's Parents 'Disappointed' Obama Next Played Golf

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 20:57 PM

James Foley's parents say they were "disappointed" when President Barack Obama hit the golf course just minutes after ma . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved