The first openly gay Division I men's basketball player describes coming out to his family and his twin brother Darryl's jail time
University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay man to play Division I basketball, opened up about coming out to his family and his twin brother Darryl’s jail time in an Sports Illustrated profile.
Darryl was recently released from prison after a five-year sentence for shooting a man several times after an altercation, SI reports. “There was nothing that anyone could have said. My parents tried everything they could think of to help me. But I wasn’t listening to anyone,” Darryl told the magazine. “No one other than me could have stopped what happened.”
Derrick came out to his family while his brother was in prison — and eventually came out publicly, becoming the first college basketball star to do so.