MELBOURNE — Isaac Humphries, a former Atlanta Hawk and a current professional basketball player in Australia, came out as gay, on Tuesday.
Humphries posted a video on social media on Tuesday, announcing the news to his Melbourne United teammates.
“I believe it is definitely time to make a change and set an example to the next generation that they can be anything they want while still being true to themselves,” Humphries said in the video. “I want to demonstrate that you can be a professional athlete, you can be anything you want, and still be gay.”
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During the video, Humphries told his teammates that he contemplated suicide a few years ago, as he struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality.
“I have been through extremely dark times during this journey, but I have been through so much growth and I am now happy with who I am.”
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Humphries, 24, played five games for the Hawks during the 2018-19 season, scoring three points per game in limited minutes with the team to close out that season. He played his college ball at Kentucky from 2015 to 2017 and wasn’t drafted in the NBA.
Jason Collins was the first active NBA player to come out as gay, which he did in 2013 while with the Brooklyn Nets.
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