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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