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)

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



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