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University of Kentucky coach praises college basketball player for coming out

University of Kentucky coach praises college basketball player for coming out

John Calipari, the men’s basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

When Minutemen point guard Derrick Gordon came out as gay, Kellogg called his old coach to ask how he should handle the commotion surrounding the first out National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.

‘Derek approached me on how to handle the situation and the first thing I told him was, "You’ve gotta praise this kid for his courage." It takes a lot of courage to do something like that,’ Calipari said, according to Outsports.

The coach added basketball leads the way when it comes to bringing together players who don’t have similar backgrounds.

‘I do know about diversity in basketball, and our sport seems ahead of the curve on those kind of things,’ the coach explained.

‘I had a family ask me 12-15 years ago how many white players I had and how many black players I had on my team. I didn’t even know. I was proud of how Derek handled it. There’s going to be backlash for (Gordon) but at the end of the day it should be about basketball.’

‘It should be about basketball.’ Nice line, right?

GSN loves Coach Cal, one of the big names in collegiate athletics, for standing with Gordon.