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Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.

The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in just a few days at the beginning of April. That’s when he also decided to publicly acknowledge his sexuality. “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 took to Twitter on Wednesday morning after the news broke. “I am the first Division 1 male basketball player to come out and not the last. I AM gay. I’m not afraid. I’m not alone.” | @iamReGGo @MisterSouth #ESPN #NFL #NBA #Divison1 #NCAA #CollegeBasketBall #College #MensBB #UMass #DerrickGordon #NOH8 #Homosexual #Gay #OutTheCloset #Sports #HSMSports #SportsFan #Houston #StyleMagazine #HoustonStyle #TeamStyleMag #HoustonStyleMagazine #UniversityofMassachusetts #OutSports #ShootingGuard (at www.StyleMagazine.com)

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