Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay basketball player at a D-1 team after announcing his sexuality in an interview with ESPN.
Gordon, who plays at the University of Massachusetts, spoke of his relief about having finally been able to reveal his true self to his teammates, coach, and the world:
"For this to be happening right now, me coming out, it's an indescribably feeling, honestly.
"I couldn't' be any happier. I feel like I can fly," said the 22-year-old.
Gordon said he took the decision to reveal his true sexuality after his team were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 against Tennessee:
"I was thinking about summer plans and just being around my teammates and how it was going to be," the guard explained.
"I just though, 'Why not now? Why not do it in the offseason when it's the perfect time to let my teammates know and everybody know my sexuality," he explained in the interview Wednesday.
And the world of sport was quick to voice it's support for the sophomore player soon after his announcement - with Michael Sam one of the first to back Gordon:
"Many congratulations to you Derrick Gordon @flash2gordon - you have so many in your corner and we're all proud and rooting for you #courage," the Missouri draft prospect wrote on Twitter.
Sam hit the headlines earlier this year when he too announced that he was gay, and his actions, alongside NBA player Jason Collins, were cited by Gordon as helping him reveal his sexuality today.
The 6' 3" guard spoke of a tough past four years but was ecstatic that he could now be himself:
'Now that I'm taking the mask off, people can finally see who I really am."
Gordon averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season.
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