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Obama 'proud' of gay NBA star

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.

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NBA Commissioner: 'We are proud of Jason Collins'

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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