Rep. Joe Kennedy Says He’s ‘Proud’ Of Jason Collins

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) issued a statement of support after his former roommate at Stanford University, NBA center Jason Collins, came out in an article written for Sports Illustrated Monday. 

“For as long as I’ve known Jason Collins he has been defined by three things: his passion for the sport he loves, his unwavering integrity, and the biggest heart you will ever find,” said Kennedy. “Without question or hesitation, he gives everything he’s got to those of us lucky enough to be in his life. I’m proud to stand with him today and proud to call him a friend.”

By coming out, Collins became the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. In his article he said his decision was partly motivated by being unable to join when Kennedy marched in the 2012 Gay Pride parade in Boston. Collins said he plans to march in the parade this year.