NCAA Division I Basketballer Derrick Gordon Comes Out

  • metta

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    Apr 09, 2014 3:24 PM GMT
    NCAA Division I Basketballer Derrick Gordon Comes Out

    becoming the first active male NCAA Division I basketball player to do so.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 09, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    Good for him. The interesting thing is that as these college athletes come out, they all report that their team mates were cool and treated them no differently. Some may think "So what? Another athlete coming out." But as this happens more and more, it gets (just a bit) easier for the next guy. For some reason some guys here can sympathize with how hard it is for someone to out themselves to family or friends but get snarky when athletes do it. Team sports create a specific bond and college athletes especially must feel they're risking success in life when they come out. Basketball seems to be way ahead of football. Ownership in football hasn't stepped up like in basketball.
  • Sportsfan1

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    Apr 09, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    Good for him! He seems like a very intelligent young man. This was not easy for him and he expressed himself eloquently. So glad he seems to have the support of his coach/college sports administration. He has done a very courageous act. He mentioned Jason Collins and Michael Sam as positive role models. It only takes a few brave people to come forward before more start to come out. I wish him all the very best!
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