April 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
White House commends NBA player ‘for his courage’ in coming out
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called Jason Collins' decision to come out "courageous" (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called Jason Collins’ decision to come out “courageous” (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

UPDATE: A White House aide told the Blade on Monday that President Obama called Jason Collins to “express his support” and said he was “impressed by his courage.”


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney commended Jason Collins on Tuesday “for his courage” to come out as gay and encouraged the player’s teammates and fans to support the decision.

Carney made the remarks in response to a question from the Associated Press’ Julie Pace on whether President Obama had a reaction to the announcement.

“I haven’t spoken with him about it,” Carney replied. “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 this effort and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward.”

Collins made the announcement in an article published Monday in Sports Illustrated. He’s considered the first openly gay male player in a major professional sport.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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