As society continues to adapt and the sports world finally begins to adapt along with it, we have a monumental moment in the college basketball world.
In a brave move, Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns became the first male Division I coach to come out as gay. Burns made his announcement to Outsports.com, saying he was ready to “make a difference.”
Burns’ announcement came in the style of a first-person article on the website.
“To see that support group of people, who have all been working for so many years in sports, was incredibly powerful and inspiring,” Burns wrote.
“Being able to learn and talk with members from all parts of the LGBT community sank in just how important being able to tell my story would be, and how there is a responsibility that comes along with meeting these people and being in the positions that we are in the athletic world.”
Last year, UMass player Derrick Gordon came out as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball.
Burns’ announcement is just the latest example of bravery and progress in the sports world. Hopefully this can inspire others to no longer be afraid of representing themselves as they truly are.
Bryant opens its season Nov. 14 with a tough challenge against defending national champions Duke.
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