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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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Washington Wizards: Collins is a 'positive role model'

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza Credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

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.”

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