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Jason Collins

Willie Robertson Was Untouchable

During State of Union

1/30/2014 6:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson was less than 20 feet away from Jason Collins during the State of the Union, and Jason says he might have reached across the aisle to him ... if not for all the camera-whoring Congressmen.

Jason -- the first NBA player to come out -- was First Lady Michelle Obama's guest in D.C. ... and says, "They were moving [Robertson] from one Republican to another Republican" all night.

And Jason says the seemingly impossible -- the guy whose family patriarch said gays are gonna burn in Hell meeting America's new gay icon -- could have happened if not for all the photos and glad-handing Robertson had to do.

"We passed each other in the hall, and that was about it."

So, how did Jason see a conversation between himself and Willie going down?

Watch the clip. We think he's very ... optimistic.

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indaknow    

What is this world coming to when the President and Mrs Butterworth put a black man on stage to celebrate the fact the he likes to be corn-wholed.

202 days ago
17.

Kath    

He speaks very eloquently, but why does he (or TMZ) assume that Willie doesn't support gays? I'm a Republican and I support gay marriage and equality for all members of society. I am a Republican because I feel that Republicans understand fiscal responsibility better than Democrats. The 'Tea Party' Rs are a tiny, tiny part of our R party and do NOT represent us as a whole. Most of us are moderate or Liberal Rs. If the big wigs who help to choose who runs for President would understand this and choose someone who is along those same lines, they would probably win the Presidency almost every.single.time.

202 days ago
18.

tessa    

gawd, who cares? gays gotta stop thinking they're some sort of special, live your life already. get married, get divorced, be kind, be stupid, play ball, whatever. just stfu already.

202 days ago
19.

static    

Willie probably didn't know who the hell he was.

202 days ago
20.

indaknow    

Nobody knew who this pipe-jammer was while he was playing in the NBA. Now that he told the world that he made a choice to choose a bologne roll over a a pink taco we are suppose to martyr him. What is this world coming to? Keep your sexual preference to yourself. It is a disgusting thought to imagine this idiot getting it on with another man. Could you just imagine him an all fours getting *********d. Sickening thought isn't it?!?!

202 days ago
21.

indaknow    

Nobody knew who this pipe-jammer was while he was playing in the NBA. Now that he told the world that he made a choice to choose a bologne roll over a a pink taco we are suppose to martyr him. What is this world coming to? Keep your sexual preference to yourself. It is a disgusting thought to imagine this idiot getting it on with another man. Could you just imagine him an all fours getting corn-wholed. Sickening thought isn't it?!?!

202 days ago
22.

tgrfan42069    

awwwwwwwwww he didnt get his photo op and sound bite that the liberal media was hoping for. robertsons 3 gays 0

202 days ago
23.

In Depth News    

It seems like TMZ is turning into a political propaganda site , because Willie Robertson Never stated the position that Phil has on gays . Those were Phil's words and Phil was not at the State of the Union speech .

202 days ago
24.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

but, but, butt....

Those are probably Mr Robertson's (& Harvey's) first three thoughts in the morning.

202 days ago
25.

Dean    

Shouldn't it say "former NBA player"? The guy hasn't been with a team since the Wizards dropped him last July.

202 days ago
26.

Ash    

Obama is gay, whats the problem.
He was a regular at the Chicago Bath Houses.
He even had people murdered to cover this up
so when he ran for president, no past / history.
Don't believe me?
Google Donald Young and Larry Bland.

202 days ago
27.

andre`    

Willie Robertson is just a fat out of shape fraud. He and his are dumb and ignorant. They are not rednecks for real. They are fake and doing it all for the show. They all need to jump in one of the Great Lakes and drown!!!!!!!!!!!

202 days ago
28.

Jwill17    

If you want to be a reliable news source, you should probably not terribly misquote things people say.

196 days ago
29.

Jwill17    

You misquoted Phil so bad here... If you intend to be a reliable news source, you probably shouldn't do that.

196 days ago
30.

damienevil    

is he crying cause he got ignored

181 days ago
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