Jason Collins used Sports Illustrated to come out as gay.
Former Blake School basketball star Carolyn Moos, who was engaged to Collins, is using the July edition of Cosmopolitan to tell the story from her perspective.
"It was the fall of 1997, the first day of my freshman year at Stanford University. I had just gone out for a jog when I ran smack into Jason and (his twin brother) Jarron — two towering, stunning guys. I stopped and introduced myself, thrilled to meet people who were actually taller than I am. I was attracted to Jason but shy. We had a brief chat, and I kept running. I called my mom that night and said, "I think I'm going to be at home at Stanford — I feel normal, like I fit in."
"I hadn't exactly been 'normal' growing up in Minneapolis. For one thing, I had rocketed to 6 feet tall by sixth grade. I embraced my height, learning everything from hockey to ballet; I was both a tomboy and a girlie girl. When I discovered basketball, I truly found myself. I loved the rhythm, the artistry of the game. It was like dancing on the court. I excelled, winning a gold medal in the Junior Olympics, and college recruiters came calling. I chose Stanford because academics were as important to me as athletics."
The story goes on to talk about when Collins and Moos became an item, including when he called off their engagement and when he came out to her. After playing basketball at Stanford, Moos signed with a pro team in France and played very briefly in the WNBA.
Moos, 35, has an M.A. from USC in addition to her Stanford degree, lives in Los Angeles where she is a fitness trainer and a nutrition consultant. There's more about her background here.
"I empathize with Jason and support him," she wrote in Cosmo. "But at the same time, I remain deeply hurt by him. I wish he could have been honest with me years ago. I feel like there are two Jasons now — the man I fell in love with and the man I'm trying so hard to understand. He's being hailed as a pioneer, but I believe true heroism is a result of being honest with yourself and with those you love."
You can read the entire story here.
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