Jason Collins reunites with college roomie, Rep. Joe Kennedy

It was a roomie reunion when Jason Collins dropped by the office of his former Stanford University classmate Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) on Monday.

Collins, the country’s first openly gay NBA player, has been in Washington with a packed schedule of events around Capitol Pride week, but he made time for a half-hour visit with his college pal on Capitol Hill.

Just friends catching up — except that  one is a congressman and the other a pro ball player (and gay-rights icon) —  gabbing about NBA playoffs, a mutual college friend’s recent wedding, and Collins’s advocacy work.

One sign this wasn’t your typical VIP meet-and-greet: We’re told the congressman’s notoriously shy dog, Banjo, even ventured out from his hiding spot under a staffer’s desk to greet Collins.

We caught up with Collins last week about the new role he’s playing in pro sports:

In the last year, Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins has gone from revealing his long-kept secret of being gay to having his portrait draped over the side of a D.C. Marriott in support of Capitol Pride week. Behind the scenes, he's also taken on a role as mentor and confidant for those in the sports world, who are not quite ready to come out. (JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)

Read more Reliable Source:

Which Redskins team superlative does RGIII claim?

Jay Leno checks out the cars at National Museum of American History

Heather and Tony Podesta reach divorce settlement

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

lifestyle

reliable-source

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Lifestyle

lifestyle

reliable-source

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
JulieAnn McKellogg · June 10, 2014