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Retired NBA player John Amaechi on coming out in pro sports

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Former NBA player John Amaechi speaks during a press conference at the DFB Dialog Forum 'Vor dem Ball sind alle gleich - Sexuelle Identitaeten im Fussball' about sexual identities in football at Sportschule Hennef on January 17, 2012 in Hennef, Germany. Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images

Coming out of the closet to family and friends can be difficult, so its logical that its much harder when you’re a celebrity. Maybe that’s why no one playing on a professional team sport has ever come out while an active player.

John Amaechi, retired from the NBA after his 2004 season, but made bigger headlines in 2007 when he publicly came out about his sexuality. He’ll come on the show to talk about his decision, the reactions from his team-mates, and his advice to gay athletes currently in sports. 

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