UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball on Wednesday, coming out to both ESPN and Outsports a week after sharing his story with his teammates, according to USA TODAY.
"I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "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 said he decided to come out publicly in the days following UMass's loss to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament. The 6-3 guard started all 33 games this season for the Minutemen, averaging 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Plainfield, N.J., native transferred from Western Kentucky two seasons ago. Prior to college, he played at St. Patrick High School, one of the nation's powerhouse programs, USA TODAY reports.
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