If anyone can relate to Jason Collins, it’s Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, a former National Basketball Association chief marketing officer who says the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport can cash in by coming out.
By the time former Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts’s I-am-gay announcement appeared on the front page of the May 15, 2011, New York Times, he already had revealed his secret to friends, co-workers and business associates.
Donna de Varona was a double Olympic swimming champion at 17, and retired soon after because of a lack of professional or college options. Almost 50 years later, she’s working to ensure women don’t face the same hurdles.
“Next time the football field,” warned Michael Gallagher, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, after beating star quarterback Drew Brees at a video golf game by EA Sports on Xbox 360.