Obama Calls Collins, Gives Support

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics takes a break in the game against  the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Collins

    Jason Collins on Nov. 15, 2012. (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

    That screening of 42 really did affect President Obama. On Monday night the president called Jason Collins, who came out as gay earlier that day—the first pro athlete to do so. A White House aide said Obama offered support and congratulated the NBA player. Collins, 34, revealed he is gay on Monday in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, and he cited his college roommate U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in influencing his decision to come out. The two will march in the Boston Gay Pride Parade. Collins has mostly been met with praise for his decision, although ESPN reporter Chris Broussard stood out by saying being gay is an “open rebellion to God.”

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