Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay College Basketball Player [Photo]
It is a different time in the world of sports.
First, Jason Collins became the first openly gay basketball player. Michael Sam followed that up by being the first openly gay college football player. University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon follows that up to become the first openly gay basketball player in the world of college sports.
He first told his parents, then on April 2 he decided to tell his teammates at a team meeting.
According to Kate Fagan of espnW.com,
Kellogg spoke first. “We’re all here together, and we need to love each other for who we are,” he said. “One of your family members, your brother, wants to let you know something about himself.”
There was a pause. And then Kellogg tried breaking the ice. “I wanted to let you all know I’m gay,” the coach said. His players all looked at him, stunned. What?
Gordon took his cue and spoke up.
“No, he’s not. But I am.”
He posted a picture on Instagram telling the world what he had just told his family both on and off the court.
“This is the happiest I have ever been in my 22 Years of living…No more HIDING!!!…Just want to live life happy and play the sport that I love…Really would love to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me….I would also like to thank my support team Wade Davis, Jason Collins, Brian Sims, Micah Porter, Anthony Nicodemo, Patrick Burke,Billy Bean, Gerald McCullough, Kirk Walker…You guys are AWESOME!!! Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!! #BETRUE #BEYOURSELF #HONEYBADGER”
He averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season for the University of Massachusetts.
Check out the full post in the gallery above.