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US President Barack Obama has told US basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major sports league.
Obama says Collins highlights the progress the United States has made in recognising that people of all sexual orientations are equal.
The aunt of the basketball player Jason Collins - the first openly gay NBA player - has said she is very proud of his decision to come out.
Judge Teri L Jackson told the Associated Press that he comes from a long line of trailblazers,
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfield has released a statement on behalf of the team:
“We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly.
"He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career.
"Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.”
Kobe Bryant has expressed his support for NBA player Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay:
NBA Commissioner David Stern has reacted to the news that Jason Collins has come out as gay, saying in in a statement:
"We have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family.
"Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.”
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NBA player Jason Collins has come out as gay, making him the first openly gay active athlete from a major American team sport.