Jul 29, 2014
64°
Partly Cloudy

UMass Basketball Star: I'm Gay

Derrick Gordon made the announcement Wednesday.

UMass Basketball Star: I'm Gay
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.

Don’t miss updates from Patch!