University of Massachusetts basketball player is being lauded for more than his impressive basketball skills. The UMass guard Derrick Gordon recently came out as a gay man. The announcement makes him the first openly gay athlete on a Division 1 college basketball team.
It was revealed by Outsports.com and ESPN that Gordon had come out to his teammates last week in a team meeting. Rumors about Derrick Gordon’s sexuality had been circulating for quite some time. He always denied the rumors. In fact, it was only recently that he confessed his truth to his immediate family.
Inspired by NBA player Jason Collins‘ coming out story, Derrick Gordon attended his team meeting with Anthony Nicodemo, who is an openly gay high school coach, and Wade Davis, a former NFL player who now runs the organization You Can Play. You Can play advocates inclusion of everyone in sports.