First openly gay player in NCAA basketball tournament is going to be an example for others


Derrick Gordon came out and already made a history, because now NCAA has an openly gay player. ‘I’m not out to prove anything,’ he said. ‘I know what I have to do. I know my skill level. I mean, it’s just going out there and doing what I know how to do with my teammates.’ He thinks that his coming out attracted so much attention just because he is the first one. He does not want glory or publicity, he hopes that ‘the first’ will not mean ‘the only’. There were a lot of kids out there who were killing themselves, or people who stopped playing their sport because they felt they didn’t fit in or whatever it may be,’ he said.
‘So hopefully me coming out could help them out in many ways. Looking at me playing at a top Division I school and being in the NCAA tournament, they could be like, “OK, if he can do it, I can do it.”‘


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