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Obama calls Collins, offers support on coming out

Updated: April 29, 2013, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins -- "I'm gay" -- reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama.

Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, the White House said.

Collins, 34, becomes the first active player in one of four ...

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