Division 1 basketball player Derrick Gordon says he is gay

Division 1 basketball player says he is gay

UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon tells ESPN he is gay, making him the first openly gay player in Division 1 men’s basketball.

‘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?”

Photo: Derrick Gordon (right) goes up for a shot during an NCAA tournament game against Tennessee (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)