News: Jason Collins' Ex-Fiancée Speaks: "This Is All Hard To Understand"
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 7:45PM
A day after NBA player Jason Collins broke barriers by announcing his homosexuality, the free agent's former fiancée has stepped forward to speak out.
Despite spending nearly a decade with Collins, former WNBA player Carolyn Moos said she had no idea Collins was gay up until a few days ago.
Carolyn Moos (who played a few seasons in the WNBA) dated Collins for seven years and was engaged to him until they broke up in 2009 ... after Collins pulled the plug on their wedding. Carolyn tells TMZ, she never once suspected he was gay, so the news is shocking. She says Collins eventually revealed everything last weekend -- just days before his big announcement -- and said that his homosexuality was the real reason he ended things with her. (TMZ)
Although shocked by the revelation, Moos said she still supports the NBA veteran.
At the time of their breakup, Carolyn says Jason gave a bunch of BS reasons for calling it quits ... and she could never understand what went wrong, until now. Carolyn -- who's back on the hunt for Mr. Right -- tells us, "It's very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand." She adds, "I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out." (TMZ)
Jason publicly came out in an exclusive Sports Illustrated feature yesterday (April 29).
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand. My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons." (Sports Illustrated)
The announcement has gained massive support from NBA players, notably Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
"Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU," Bryant tweeted April 29th. (Kobe Bryant's Twitter)