White House Rallies Around Jason Collins

Support for NBA’s first openly gay active player from a White House that’s championed LGBT rights. Update: Obama called Collins Monday.

WASHINGTON — The White House gave words of encouragement Monday to Jason Collins after he came out in a Sports Illustrated essay.

“I can certainly tell you 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 his — in this effort and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward,” Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said during the daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Update: A White House aide confirmed to BuzzFeed that Obama called Collins “to express his support.” The president “was impressed by his courage,” the aide said.

Michelle Obama tweeted support for Collins Monday. Her official @FLOTUS twitter handle tweeted out support for Collins with the signature “-mo” indicating that the tweet was from Obama.

So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo— FLOTUS

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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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