UMass Guard Derrick Gordon Announces He’s Gay

by Charlie Greenwald 4-9-14

UMass guard Derrick Gordon has made history, becoming the first openly gay Division I basketball player in history.

Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. The sophomore from New Jersey said he gained inspiration from seeing Jason Collins signed to the Brooklyn Nets, as well as seeing other collegiate players like Michael Sam go public with their sexuality.

“I want to be myself,” Gordon said in the televised interview on ESPN. “I don’t want to hide and be someone I’m not.”

Gordon said he came out to his family first, and then his teammates. Coach Derek Kellogg said that the announcement was “a huge weight lifted.”

“I can finally breathe now,” he continued.

Last season, UMass reached the tournament for the first time since 1998. Gordon was the Minutemen’s fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game. He was also a prep teammate of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and was featured in an HBO movie about their quest for a perfect season at St. Patrick High School.

Twitter blew up on the morning of Gordon’s announcements, with many UMass fans posting their love and support. Gordon tweeted back.

“Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!! #BETRUE #BEYOURSELF #HONEYBADGER,” he tweeted.

by Charlie Greenwald 4-9-14

UMass guard Derrick Gordon has made history, becoming the first openly gay Division I basketball player in history.

Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. The sophomore from New Jersey said he gained inspiration from seeing Jason Collins signed to the Brooklyn Nets, as well as seeing other collegiate players like Michael Sam go public with their sexuality.

“I want to be myself,” Gordon said in the televised interview on ESPN. “I don’t want to hide and be someone I’m not.”

Gordon said he came out to his family first, and then his teammates. Coach Derek Kellogg said that the announcement was “a huge weight lifted.”

“I can finally breathe now,” he continued.

Last season, UMass reached the tournament for the first time since 1998. Gordon was the Minutemen’s fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game. He was also a prep teammate of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and was featured in an HBO movie about their quest for a perfect season at St. Patrick High School.

Twitter blew up on the morning of Gordon’s announcements, with many UMass fans posting their love and support. Gordon tweeted back.

“Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!! #BETRUE #BEYOURSELF #HONEYBADGER,” he tweeted.