Nigerian Gay Basketballer Becomes First NBA Player To Come Out

Retired British-Nigerian basketball player John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States has openly identified himself as gay.

Amaechi, who played at Penn State and spent five seasons in the NBA with Orlando, Utah and Cleveland, revealed his gender partner preference in a book titled “Man in the Middle”.

Three years after his playing career ended, Amaechi becomes the sixth professional male athlete from one of the four major American sports (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL) to publicly discuss his homosexuality.

He has since been regarded as “one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes”.


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