OBAMA & OTHERS CONGRATULATE JASON COLLINS FOR COMING OUT

The most exciting thing about Jason Collins’ coming-out announcement is the reaction of others. These days, it’s clearly uncool to be homophobic. Or to put it another way: Real men support gay rights. The President of the United States is a real man.

jarron collins (Jason’s twin brother)
@jarronctwin
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/… very proud of you @jasoncollins34
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Kobe Bryant
@kobebryant
Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
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Baron Davis
@Baron_Davis
I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. #FTheHaters bit.ly/12J9el5
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Steve Nash
@SteveNash
The time has come. Maximum respect. RT @Baron_Davis: I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. … tmi.me/TGSBh
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Presidents past and present also weighed in:

The White House
@whitehouse
President Obama called Jason Collins this afternoon to express his support and said he was impressed by his courage. #Equality
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FLOTUS
@FLOTUS
So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo
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Bill Clinton
@billclinton
I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend. wjcf.co/154piCi
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Chelsea Clinton
@ChelseaClinton
Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA. bit.ly/ZLei9F
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The NBA said it supports Collins:

NBA
@NBA
NBA Commissioner David Stern statement re: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announcement today: (1/4)
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NBA
@NBA
“As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 (2/4)
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NBA
@NBA
and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout (3/4)
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NBA
@NBA
his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.” #NBAFamily (4/4)
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Boston Celtics
@celtics
Doc Rivers: “I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins. He’s a pro’s pro.” Read Doc’s full statement: on.nba.com/15UPgaR
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Atlanta Hawks
@ATLHawks
“We have great respect for Jason and his message today.” Our full statement on former Hawk Jason Collins: on.nba.com/ZZhF7n #NBAFamily
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Support for Collins has come from across the sports world, including Major League Baseball:

MLB
@MLB
The baseball world voices its support for @jasoncollins34: atmlb.com/ZLYgwk
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Boston Red Sox
@RedSox
We salute you, @jasoncollins34 for your courage and leadership. Any time you want to throw out a first pitch at Fenway Park, let us know.
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Nick Swisher
@NickSwisher
I will always support people for being who they are. Happy for @jasoncollins34 that he can lead an honest life.
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