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Following Monday's coming out of NBA player Jason Collins in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Carolyn Moos to share her perspective on an issue that relates to her in the most personal of ways.
Moos dated Collins for eight years, and was engaged to the 12-year veteran until he ended the relationship in 2009, making this a very complicated week:
"For me, it's a lot of mixed emotions. Obviously first and foremost, for someone to actually realize who they are and be happy in their own skin is a very important message for mass public," explained the woman who met Collins when they were both playing basketball at Stanford University. "I think the important message here is to realize who you are early in life and to be able to be comfortable enough to bring that to mass public and those who surround you, as in your loved ones, really understand who you are as a person, and to be comfortable enough to say who you are to those people."
As part of Tuesday's live, primetime interview, Moos pledged her support for Jason, in the process stressing the importance of tolerance:
"I really care a lot about Jason. He's a great individual. We had incredible moments together. And you know, I want him to be happy and I want him to have a wonderful future," the former WNBA player told Piers Morgan. "I've had teammates that are different from me and I am very accepting for people not only just for how they play on the court, but more importantly who they are as a person. And who they are as a person dictates how much I respect them and how much I value them and their friendship."
Meanwhile, Tuesday also saw Arnold Schwarzenegger take a seat "In The Chair," as the bodybuilder turned actor turned politician expressed his love and admiration for the United States:
"We are still the most powerful country in the world. There has never been a country, there has never been a feudal system, there's never been an empire, there's never been a dictatorship that ever came close to the power that the United States has, and how great of a country the United States is," said the man born in Austria more than half a century ago. "This is why there's so many people that want to come here. And we have to figure out a system of how do we choose, really, the best people to come here."