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Catholic School College Basketball Player Comes Out As Gay


Jallen Messersmith, a 6-foot-7 college basketball player for Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., is believed to be the first openly gay active player in U.S. men’s college basketball.

Messersmith said he informed his coaches of his sexual orientation last summer before revealing he was gay to his teammates. Outsports.com first reported the story.

Messersmith’s announcement comes on the heels of Jason Collins coming out as the first actively gay NBA player, Women’s NBA player Brittney Griner announcing she was a lesbian, and openly gay U.S. soccer player Robbie Rogers returning to Major League Soccer.

It's nice to see in times like these people are able to be who they are openly. Jason Collins will most likely be remembered as the guy who started it all.

Good for them.

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