Oprah Winfrey called. Then, minutes later, President Obama rang.
On the other end of the phone, Jason Collins sat stunned. The former Celtics center listened as Winfrey applauded his courage and relayed her pride. Collins talked with Obama about the importance of acceptance and tolerance and gay role models.
All the while, Collins couldn’t help wondering how the world-famous media mogul and the leader of the free world got his cellphone number so quickly.
And that was just Day 1 of what Collins now calls “my new life.”
A little more than a month ago, Collins, 34, became the first openly gay active player in a major American team sport. With his historic revelation, Collins went from little-known NBA role player to national figure in hours. And he is still trying to process it all.
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