Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, publicly came out on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay male NCAA Division 1 basketball player.

“I’ve always loved sports, but always felt I had to hide and be someone that I’m not,” said Gordon, 22, in a statement. “For my whole life I’ve been living my life as a lie. I am telling my story so that athletes never feel like they have to hide. You can be true to yourself and play the sport that you love.”

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