Okay ladies. Have you been engaged to your man forever and a day? I don’t know about you but I have read the book, ‘He Is Just NOT That Into You.’ cover to cover like 15 times, just to be sure of the signs n bail myself out if need be! Anywho, if memory serves me right, that particular book made no mention of, ‘He Just Might Be Gay!’ which is apparently a distinct possibility as many gay guys have learned to hide their true selves to escape stigma. Certainly Carolyn Moos, girlfriend to the American Pro Basketball Player, Jason Collins, who yesterday revealed his sexual status, had no clue. They were engaged for 8 years before he unceremoniously dumped her…woah, M talkng too much now! You have to read the story yourself!
- Jason Collins, 34, of the Washington Wizards came out as gay yesterday
- Said that he was prompted by the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as the continued debate over same-sex marriage
- He delivered the news to Carolyn Moos at the weekend
- He is the first active professional athlete to come out while still playing
- Collins told her his homosexuality was the real reason he ended thing
The former fiancee of NBA star Jason Collins said today she had no idea that he was gay, despite dating him for eight years.
Carolyn Moos, 34, broke up with Collins – who became the first openly gay, active player when he came out yesterday – in 2009 when he cancelled their wedding, leaving her heartbroken and confused.
The 6’5″ former WNBA player said she was shocked when Collins delivered the news to her last weekend and confessed that was the real reason he ended their relationship.
Carolyn told TMZ: ‘I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.’
She told TMZ: ‘It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested eight years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand.
‘I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.’
Carolyn Moos is from Minnesota but currently lives in LA. She is an American model, personal trainer, nutrition consultant and a former collegiate and professional basketball player.
The 34-year-old Stanford graduate runs FITT4Life which promotes nutrition personal training, yoga and overall wellness. She is also a certified personal trainer and is a clothes ambassador for Method Boutique.
Collins said today that he has always known he was gay but fought it for years.
In an interview with ABC, he said: ‘I always knew I was gay, its like you know that the sky is blue but you keep telling yourself it is red.
‘I fought it for a long time but when you finally get to the point of acceptance there is nothing more beautiful. It feels incredible.’
Moving on: Carolyn is 6’5″ and a former WNBA player. She currently works in the fitness and nutrition industry
‘It’s about working hard. It’s about sacrificing for your team, it’s all about dedication and that’s what you should focus on.’
Praise poured in from all over the country yesterday after the 34-year-old opened up in an essay for Sports Illustrated – he even got a phone call from President Obama, who was ‘incredibly supportive’.
‘I just try to live an honest, genuine life and next thing you know you have the president calling you,’ he said. ‘He was incredibly supportive and was proud of me and said that this not only affected my life but others going forward.’
Watch the full interview with Good Morning America here.
He added: ‘I think the country is ready to support an openly gay basketball player. I’m trying to rewrite the gay stereotype and let everyone know that you can’t put people in a box.’
Team owners, managers and sports writers have long questioned how athletes and fans would react to a teammate announcing publicly that he is homosexual.
However the response to Collins’ announcement on Monday was overwhelmingly positive from his former teammates and leading figures in basketball and other major sports.
The former Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics star revealed that tennis player Martina Navratilova has always been his role model and he hopes that he can be the same to others.
He revealed he first came out to his aunt – who said she always knew – even though his twin brother did not even realize it. ‘I’m really good at playing it straight’, he joked.
Asked what he wants from his teammates he said: ‘I want support, because that’s what I would give to them. The team is like a family and the NBA is like a brotherhood. We support each other on the team.
Only one prominent critic has emerged, an ESPN sports writer who says Collins announcing his homosexuality amounts to ‘open rebellion against God and Jesus Christ.’
Collins told ABC News that being the first athlete in a major team sport to come out is ‘mind-boggling.’
‘You’re sort of waiting around for somebody else to … raise their hand,’ he said. ‘I’m ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, “OK, come on, guys.” It’s time for someone else in the room to raise their hand and say, “You know what? Yeah, so big deal. I can still play basketball. I can still help the team win, and that’s what’s most important,”‘ he told George Stephanopoulos.
White House spokesman Jay Carney released a statement from President Barack Obama that praised Collins.
‘We view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country and commend him for his courage and support him.’
First Lady Michelle Obama also tweeted her support.
NBA Commissioner David Stern threw his support behind Collins, saying: ‘Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.’
Even former President Bill Clinton weighed in, saying that he met Collins when he and Chelsea Clinton attended Standford together. He tweeted: ‘Proud to call Jason Collins a friend.’
Story culled from dailymail.co.uk