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April 09, 2014

Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on his high-school teammate's announcement

Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon, a high-school teammate of Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, announced publicly Wednesday he is gay, becoming the first male Division I basketball player to do so.

            Before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, Kidd-Gilchrist released the following statement through the Bobcats:

“Derrick was a great teammate and is an even better friend. I admire his courage and willingness to share his story. Just as we supported each other on the court, I am proud to support him now. He is a basketball player, a teammate and a friend, and that’s all that matters.”

Kidd-Gilchrist, Gordon and Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving all played together at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. Kidd-Gilchrist went on to win a national championship in his only season at Kentucky before being drafted by the Bobcats No. 2 overall in 2012.


Posted by Observer Sports on April 9, 2014 at 07:27 PM | Permalink


former UNC guard Dexter Strickland was on that high school team too. They must have been hell to play!

Posted by: CharlotteHornet | Apr 9, 2014 8:26:32 PM

Class act.

Posted by: DRB | Apr 9, 2014 9:09:39 PM

2nd best team in the East?

Posted by: John | Apr 9, 2014 9:44:25 PM

Too bad he didn't come out in high school. That would have been entertaining to watch the catholic diocese deal with that hot potato.

Posted by: James Reed | Apr 9, 2014 9:48:09 PM

that's not a bad high school team. 2 really good nba players, a UNC, and UMASS player

Posted by: jason | Apr 10, 2014 12:30:08 AM

I wonder if Bonnell gets annoyed when Fowler all of a sudden starts writing about the Bobcats. Talk about bandwagon. You would think the season started 2 weeks ago.

Posted by: Mike T. | Apr 10, 2014 6:08:32 AM

Man these guys have been in a lot of big games this year. Another tonight, good luck Cats!

Posted by: Jake | Apr 11, 2014 6:56:20 AM

I followed this high school team for years. During Kyrie's junior year Mike and Derrick were soph's and Dexter was a senior, they were one of the better high school teams I've ever seen. After losing a tough game or 2 in a Florida tournament they ran the table save a loss against Oak Hill. Impossible backcourt to defend and Michael was a monster in the post, even as a 6-7 sophomore!

Posted by: Ryan Biddulph | Nov 15, 2014 9:19:17 PM

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