Jason Collins’ Ex-Fiancee Claims She Didn’t Know He Was Gay
Jason Collins’ ex-fiancee and longtime girlfriend told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that she never suspect that the NBA veteran was gay, even after he broke off their engagement in 2009.
"It’s not easy to understand. I had dreams of having children and having a husband, and I still have those dreams," Carolyn Moo, a former Women’s National Basketball Association player, told the Daily News. "Anger was a definite emotion that I had to work through," she added, regarding how their relationship ended. "I think it would only be human to be angry about diminished dreams. Otherwise, I would think that you’re robotic."
On Monday, Collins, made history when he revealed in a Sports Illustrated editorial that he is gay, making him the first active male professional player of a major U.S. sport to come out.
Moos, 34, and Collins met when they were basketball players for Stanford University. She told the Daily News that she bumped into him on freshman move-in day and began a friendship, which turned into romance. When Moos thinks back to their time together, she says she couldn’t recall any awkward moments with the NBA star. When the newspaper asked if she could remember any times that had her questioning Collins’ sexual orientation, she said "No."
"Every morning, he woke up and put on a mask for 33 years," Moos said. "That’s unbelievable to me...I just can’t imagine going through 33 years of your life and denying yourself out of fear."