Ellen Congratulates Jason Collins, Thanks Supporters For Inspiring The Children

She may not have been the first to applaud Jason Collins for being the first openly gay player in a major American sport, but Ellen’s congratulatory message is definitely the most sincere.

“You have no idea what a big deal that is,” she said during the opening monologue of yesterday’s show. “It was more challenging for him because he’s seven feet tall, and when he came out of the closet he had to duck.” Gotta love Ellen!

She continued:

“You’re an incredible role model. Because of you, there’s a little boy playing basketball right now, who knows that he can be who he is and play the sport that he loves.”

We agree. Let’s show some more love for the legendary children!