FORMER NBA PLAYER AMAECHI COMES OUT
From the AP:
John Amaechi is gay, and now the first NBA player to come out publicly is ready to talk about it. Amaechi is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday, and his autobiography “Man in the Middle,” will be released February 14th.
Three years after his playing career ended, Amaechi is the 6th professional male athlete from one of the four major American sports to publicly discuss his homosexuality. Former NFL running back David Kopay came out in 1977; offensive lineman Roy Simmons and defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo came out more recently. Glenn Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s in the 1970s, and Billy Bean, a utility player in the 1980s and 1990s, also have come out.