Washington Wizards reserve center Jason Collins continues to dominate the news after he came out of the closet in the newest issue of Sports Illustrated. The news broke yesterday and has been the talk of the news/sports industries since. Even Barack Obama talked about it.
This morning, Collins appeared on Good Morning America and discussed the news with George Stephanopoulos. It was the first interview Collins has given since the news broke - news that is historic because he is the first openly male pro team sports athlete still playing the sport in American history.
"(Obama) was incredibly supportive and he was proud of me," Collins said. "And said that this not only affected my life, but others. And he really stressed the importance of that. That it-- it-- yes, I did this-- you know, to affect, you know, change in my life, but that it affects other people-- going forward."
One of the topics that is asked are how other players, especially teammates going to react to him now. Los Angeles Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have already publically supported Collins, as have others. Collins is a free agent this summer and it will be interesting to see how that works out, as he is in his mid-30s and his skills are declining.
"You know what? That's why I have a great agent in Arn Tellem," he added. "And he's going to be hard at work this offseason, you know, when free agency starts. And I want to be judged on my 12 year NBA career. I have a lot of teammates. A lot of coaches who I spoke to today supporting me. And, you know, I want to be judged on, my professional achievements in the past and everything else is, your private life is your private life. And that's what, the way I want to keep it."