Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jason Collins Calls Support for His Coming Out 'Mind Boggling' in 'GMA' Interview

Jason Collins spoke to Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, marking his first interview since announcing in Sports Illustrated that he is gay -- an historic occasion that made him the first openly out male pro team sports athlete in history.

Collins' cover story dominated the media on Monday, with celebrities, gay activists and politicians announcing their support for his bold step. Among the public backers was President Barack Obama, who spoke with Collins by phone on Monday night. 

"He was incredibly supportive and he was proud of me," Collins said. "And said that this not only affected my life, but others. And he really stressed the importance of that. That it-- it-- yes, I did this-- you know, to affect, you know, change in my life, but that it affects other people-- going forward."

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