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White House Praises Jason Collins for 'Courage' in Coming Out: VIDEO


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked if Obama had any remarks about NBA player Jason Collins' decision to come out of the closet. Carney said he had not talked to the President about it but offered these remarks:

"Here at the White House we view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution tha 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."


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  1. Why is courage in 'quotes'??

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 29, 2013 1:34:41 PM

  2. Because in real life, Andy and a few others pronounce it as cu-ri-jay .

    Posted by: PE | Apr 29, 2013 1:42:05 PM

  3. Courage is in quotes because that is the precise word that the WH chose, which is evident if you watch the 39 second clip. No biggie.

    Posted by: ken | Apr 29, 2013 1:58:45 PM

  4. THIS IS AN AWESOME DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY! Sorry, i'm just a little excited lol. fantastic day!

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 29, 2013 1:59:19 PM

  5. Very very cool. Thank you Jason! You will surely get people to open their minds with freely being yourself.

    Posted by: junior | Apr 29, 2013 2:00:10 PM

  6. Nice words, what's Obama doing on enda?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 29, 2013 2:02:16 PM

  7. Wow! Very inspiring!

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Apr 29, 2013 2:23:01 PM

  8. Glad he has accomplished this. I notice that he is still a "free-agent." Proof of of the NBA policies will be if he gets picked-up on a team, I think. I hope so.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Apr 29, 2013 2:36:10 PM

  9. 34 is old in the NBA. I'm afraid we're making too big of a deal for something we are unsure of. Let's hope there's a GM out there ready to bring him in.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 29, 2013 2:45:18 PM

  10. Congrats Jason! As far as I'm concerned this is big news. Sadly, when I look at the mainstream message boards, fans are making juvenile comments like "He sucks as a player - literally!" or "Why do gays always feel the need to tell the world they're gay? I don't scream 'Im straight' to everyone" These ignorant comments PLUS the fact that other NBA players have publicy said they would not accept a gay player are reasons why this is a big story.

    Posted by: dredmond | Apr 29, 2013 3:06:20 PM

  11. Played for 12 years and comes out for the retirement?....this has happened before....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 29, 2013 7:56:56 PM

  12. Alan, the glass is half empty, Brickman is unable to enjoy this awesome moment. He has negativity engrained in his very DNA. His attempt to dampen the joy of this moment, will be to no avail. You are awesome Jason Collins. Thank you for coming out.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 29, 2013 9:26:04 PM

  13. He's a hero because he's the first one on mainstream sports venue to come out and take this heat...and there's heat coming at him from every BIGOTED angle. He's a hero for breaking that glass. I am so proud of EVERY LGBT does the same, be it in professional sports, or in a small Midwest town. They are slowly yet surely helping advance compassion and eliminate ignorance!

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 30, 2013 3:02:00 AM

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