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article imageDerrick Gordon first openly gay basketball player in D-I history

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 9, 2014 in Sports
The UMass basketball player, Derrick Gordon, has come out as gay, making him the first openly gay player in D-I history.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Gordon told Kate Fagan that he came out to his fellow UMass (University of Massachusetts) team-mates a week ago, on April 2, having done so to his parents a few days earlier.
According, the 22-year-old spoke at a team meeting, just after the UMass coach, Derek Kellogg, told his players, "We're all here together, and we need to love each other for who we are. One of your family members, your brother, wants to let you know something about himself."
However, presumably still nervous, Gordon hesitated, leading Kellogg to continue in the sophomore shooting guard's stead: "I wanted to let you all know I'm gay."
Gordon then spoke up, saying, "No, he's not. But I am."
In the ESPN interview, Gordon says that he drew inspiration from other sports people who have come out as gay; people such as NBA player Jason Collins and Missouri football player Michael Sam.
Of his sexuality and the decision to now come out, Gordon said that he used to talk about women around his team-mates and pretend that he had a long-distance girlfriend. As with many gay men and women, he says he has known he is gay since childhood but, only in the past two years has he embraced it. "I don't want to hide in front of my parents or relatives or anybody now," he said. "I want to be myself, be who I am, around everybody."
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