Bryant assistant coach Chris Burns recently penned a column for Outsports.com in which he publicly came forward as a gay man. He is now the only openly-gay coach in Division I men’s basketball.
Tired of living his life in the shadows, Burns wanted to let the world know his story. He was moved to address his sexuality after attending the 2014 Nike LGBT Sports Summit in Portland, Oregon.
“To see that support group of people, who have all been working for so many years in sports, was incredibly powerful and inspiring,” Burns said in his column at Outsports.com. “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.”
With athletes like Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and Jason Collins coming out recently, Burns follows a line of brave men who are not afraid to be what they truly are.
Bryant opens its season November 14 at Duke.