Derrick Gordon is gay, happy, and has received a lot of support on Twitter.
The Sophomore at UMass became the first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player today when he shared a photo on Instagram. The athlete said that he was very nervous about coming out but now says that he has never been so happy.
Gordon writes on Instagram: “This is the happiest I have ever been in my 22 Years of living…No more HIDING!!!…Just want to live life happy and play the sport that I love…Really would love to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me….I would also like to thank my support team Wade Davis, Jason Collins, Brian Sims, Micah Porter, Anthony Nicodemo, Patrick Burke,Billy Bean, Gerald McCullough, Kirk Walker…You guys are AWESOME!!! Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!! #BETRUE #BEYOURSELF#HONEYBADGER
Gordon has plenty of reasons to be happy. First, he no longer has to hide his sexuality. Second, he’s received a huge amount of support from fans, teammates, and coaches.
I have the most profound respect for Derrick and the decision he has made to come out publicly.
— Derek Kellogg (@CoachKellogg) April 9, 2014
— Jabarie Hinds (@JHind5) April 9, 2014
Gordon also received some kind words from Michael Sam, the college football player who is expected to become the first openly gay NFL player after this year’s draft.
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSam52) April 9, 2014