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UMass Basketball Star: I'm Gay

Derrick Gordon made the announcement Wednesday.

Derrick Gordon. Credit: UMass
Derrick Gordon. Credit: UMass
University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon on Wednesday announced he's gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in Division 1 men's basketball history.

"I don't want to hide in front of my parents or relatives or anybody now," Gordon told ESPN. "I want to be myself, be who I am, around everybody."

Gordon, a sophomore, averaged 9.4 point per game this season and helped lead UMass to its first tournament berth since 1998.

UMass officials supported Gordon's decision.

"I truly admire Derrick Gordon for making the courageous decision to come out publicly," UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement. "Derek is a superb student-athlete who represents our campus with distinction. The poise and confidence with which he has shared his personal story embody our campus's shared values of respect, inclusion and diversity."

Earlier this year, University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out. Last year, Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins also came out.

Gordon said Collins' announcement inspired him to come out, too.
mAggressor April 10, 2014 at 09:43 AM
"... an entire political party trying to squash fellow Americans rights." I assume you mean the Democrat Party and, in particular, the IRS. In a 2008 Presidential Debate, Barack Obama stated that marriage should be between a man and a woman. In response, gays opened their wallets and ran to the polls to vote for him and, moreover, they eagerly participated in smearing as a racist anyone who didn't support Obama. So I guess gay marriage really isn't as important as its supporters now claim it is. For the record, I have been sympathetic to gay couples and their quest for equal marriage and legal rights. However, I am quickly becoming apathetic in light of the growing toxicity of gay rights advocates and the increasingly disturbing persecution of people who have different opinions, most notably for religious reasons. I hope gays are prepared for the backlash that will inevitably result. It didn't have to be this way.
Fred Hammer April 10, 2014 at 09:45 AM
does anyone know a gay couple who got divorced . i dont leave them alone
Prometheus April 10, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Fred that is because in a rush to approve marriage laws....no one considered divorce laws.
Andie April 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Why do Gay people feel like they have to announce it? No one cares anymore. Many of us have evolved and accepted people for who they are.
Derek Duchemin April 14, 2014 at 09:18 AM
@BH, no I am not married I am a teenager, y is this a concern to you?

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