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White House, Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Rep. Joe Kennedy III commend Jason Collins on coming out

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- The White House is commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay.

White House spokesman Jay Carney called that decision courageous and says the White House supports Collins. He says he hopes the 34-year-old center's NBA colleagues will also offer support.

"We view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country," Carney said.

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