Jason Collins: You Try To Live Humbly, Then The President Is Calling

Veteran NBA player Jason Collins, the first U.S. major league athlete to come out as gay, opened up to “Good Morning America” about the experience, telling George Stephanopoulos that he’s surprised no one else came forward first.

“That’s kind of mind-boggling,” he said in the interview, which was set to air Tuesday on “GMA.” “I think I talk about that. That, you know, I never set out to be the first.”

Collins also addressed the huge response his announcement generated. Kobe Bryant, former President Bill Clinton, President Obama and many others celebrated Collins’ decision.

“It’s incredible,” he said in the interview. “You just try to live an honest, genuine life and next thing you know you have the President calling you.”

Read more from the interview here

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