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10/12/2017 08:25 am ET

College Basketball Coach In Texas Was Nervous Coming Out As Gay To His Head Coach

DJ Slifer realized that only by being authentic could he truly relate to his players.

I was sitting in my boss’s office with my feet shaking and heart racing.

I had put in a full day’s worth of work on a hot day in June on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and women’s basketball coach Wade Scott told me, his only assistant, I could leave for the day. But the problem was, I wasn’t ready to.

For the past 30 minutes, I was nervously stamping my feet trying to get the courage to tell him what I had avoided for so long.

I’m gay.

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