Australian NBL, former Kentucky center Isaac Humphries announces he’s gay in emotional talk with teammates

Melbourne United beginning center Isaac Humphries made an announcement about his sexuality on Tuesday.

The Australian National Basketball League participant mentioned publicly that he’s gay. He went on to say that he hopes his announcement will give different athletes the arrogance to come back out.

Humphries performed school basketball at Kentucky from 2015-2017 and posted a video on social media of him telling his teammates on Wednesday.

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CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 04: Isaac Humphries of Melbourne United reacts in the course of the spherical six NBL match between Cairns Taipans and Melbourne United at Cairns Convention Centre, on November 04, 2022, in Cairns, Australia.
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“I consider it’s positively time to make a change and set an instance to the following technology that they are often something they need whereas nonetheless being true to themselves,” Humphries mentioned. “I wish to reveal you could be knowledgeable athlete, you might be something you need, and nonetheless be gay.”

The 24-year-old instructed his teammates in regards to the struggles he endured whereas he hid his sexuality from individuals who had been near him and even himself.

“It is a reality about myself that I’ve needed to disclaim for a very long time, however now I really feel comfy in telling you all. That reality, is that I’m gay,” Humphries mentioned. “I’ve been via extraordinarily darkish instances throughout this journey, however I’ve been via a lot development and I’m now blissful with who I’m.”

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Humphire’s announcement comes greater than a yr after A-League soccer participant Josh Cavallo introduced he’s gay. The A-League is the highest-level skilled males’s affiliation soccer league in Australia.

Humphries is likely one of the few males to publicly announce he’s gay whereas taking part in in one of many world’s top-tier basketball leagues.

Kentucky's Isaac Humphries (15) leaves the court after Kentucky lost to North Carolina 75-73 in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament on March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.  Melbourne United starting center Isaac Humphries has announced that he is gay and said he hopes his decision to publicly announce his sexuality will lead to more professional sportsmen doing the same.

Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries (15) leaves the courtroom after Kentucky misplaced to North Carolina 75-73 in the South Regional ultimate recreation in the NCAA school basketball event on March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Melbourne United beginning center Isaac Humphries has introduced that he’s gay and mentioned he hopes his determination to publicly announce his sexuality will result in extra skilled sportsmen doing the identical.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

In 2013, Jason Collins turned the primary lively NBA participant to come back out as gay.

Melbourne United chief government Nick Truelson shared the group’s assist of Humphries.

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“Today is an unimaginable step in Isaac’s journey, and we as a membership are wholeheartedly supportive of him,” Truelson mentioned. “Not solely as a member of our membership, however as an individual. This is a momentous event for him personally, but additionally for male sport on a worldwide scale.”

Erik Denison of Monash University’s BehaviourWorks Australia, a conduct change institute, mentioned he was inspired by the crew’s assist of Humphries, however famous “they should do way more.”

Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries, center, grabs a rebound in front of Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet, second from left, and Jeff Roberson (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Jan.  10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.  Melbourne United starting center Isaac Humphries has announced that he is gay and said he hopes his decision to publicly announce his sexuality will lead to more professional sportsmen doing the same.

Kentucky ahead Isaac Humphries, center, grabs a rebound in entrance of Vanderbilt’s Luke Kornet, second from left, and Jeff Roberson (11) in the course of the first half of an NCAA school basketball recreation on Jan. 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Melbourne United beginning center Isaac Humphries has introduced that he’s gay and mentioned he hopes his determination to publicly announce his sexuality will result in extra skilled sportsmen doing the identical.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

“Basketball will not be protected for gay and bisexual children,” Denison mentioned. “We want basketball’s leaders to take a position in methods to cease dangerous homophobic behaviors in their sport. These behaviors make athletes like Isaac really feel unsafe and unwelcome.”

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Melbourne United performs the 36ers on Thursday.

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