Derrick Gordon Is First Gay College Basketball Player In US
Derrick Gordon is the first gay college basketball player in the US.
Gordon is a starter on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team.
In coming out on Wednesday, Derrick Gordon becomes the first gay college basketball player in the US.
Gordon is starter on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team. He reveals that NBA basketball player’s Jason Collins coming out made it easier for him to do so.
“That was so important to me, knowing that sexuality didn’t matter, that the NBA was OK with it.”
As well, he reveals his intentions for coming out and how he hopes it helps others,
“When kids aren’t able to come out, I know why. It’s a scary thing. That’s one of the reasons I’m doing this. I want to give kids some courage and someone they can look up to. If I can come out and play basketball, then why can’t they do it? I want to be able to help those people.”
Gordon’s basketball coach, Derek Kellogg, fully supports his decisions and speaks highly of the athlete,
“We know his decision weighed heavily on him for some time, but as a coaching staff, a team and a family, we stressed to him that we support him in every way possible. Derrick is a first-class representative of this university and this program since he joined us and we are all very proud of him.”
Watch the following clip of Derrick Gordon that was done last December prior to coming out.
Source: Huffington Post