DERRICK GORDON ANNOUNCES HE IS GAY
April 9, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball.
"I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN in a televised interview. "I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?'"
Gordon came out to his family, coaches and teammates earlier this month.
Statement from UMass coach Derek Kellogg:
"I have the most profound respect for Derrick and the decision he has made to come out publicly," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "He is a model student, a terrific competitor, but most importantly, he is a wonderful human being. We know his decision weighed heavily on him for some time, but as a coaching staff, a team and a family, we stressed to him that we support him in every way possible. Derrick is a first-class representative of this University and this program since he joined us and we are all very proud of him."