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Obama spokesman quickly weighs in on gay NBA player

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The White House came out Monday in favor of NBA player Jason Collins’ coming out.

White House press secretary said Mr. Collins’ acknowledgment that he’s gay, the first player to do so in the four major North American sports leagues, is “another example of the progress that’s being made” in gay rights.

SEE RELATED: Jason Collins becomes first active openly gay NBA player

Mr. Carney said he hasn’t spoken yet to President Obama about the player, who ended the season with the Washington Wizards and becomes a free agent July 1.

But the president’s spokesman said White House officials “commend him for his courage and support him in this effort, and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward.”

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