WATCH: Obama Says He Couldn’t Be Prouder Of Jason Collins

President Obama has confirmed he phoned athlete Jason Collins yesterday to offer his admiration and support for publicly coming out as gay yesterday, adding that he “couldn’t be prouder.”

“One of the extraordinary measures of progress we’ve seen in this country is the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance but a recognition that they’re fully part of the American family,” he said.

“I think for a lot of young people out there who are gay or lesbian and struggling with these issues to see a role model like that who is unafraid is a great thing,” he added.

We predict it won’t be long until Collins is invited to the White House for a friendly game of pickup.