UMass Basketball Player Makes History By Coming Out
Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter on the UMass basketball team, has come out of the closet as gay and made history in the process. By coming out, Derrick has become the first active-playing gay NCAA Division 1 basketball player.
Last Wednesday, after coach Kellogg broke the ice with the team, Gordon stood before them and revealed that he’s gay. As he shared with them his story of isolation, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. While it had been easy for some of the young men to tease someone they thought was gay – and someone who denied it – the impact of their actions hit home when Gordon revealed the speculation was true, and that the teasing nearly drove him from the team.
"It was powerful for these players to see one of their brothers be so vulnerable," said Davis, who said he had to turn away from the group in the room lest they see him get emotional. "These are some inner-city kids, some rough, tough kids who Derrick wants to be friends with. They understand who he is a little bit better now.
Congrats Derrick and UMass!