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Encyclopedia > John Amaechi
John Amaechi
Position Power forward, Center
Height ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 270 lb (120 kg)
Born November 26, 1970 (1970-11-26) (age 37)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality British
College Vanderbilt, Penn State '95
Draft Undrafted
Pro career 1995–2003
Former teams Cleveland Cavaliers (1995–96)
Panathinaikos (1996-97)
Kinder Bologna (1997-98)
Orlando Magic (1999–2001)
Utah Jazz (2001–03)
Awards 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview First Team
1996 Intercontinental Cup

John Ekwugha Amaechi (pronounced /əˈmeɪtʃi/; born November 26, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) is a retired English NBA basketball player who currently works as a broadcaster and political activist in the United Kingdom. In February 2007, Amaechi publicly announced that he is gay and became the first player associated with the NBA to come out.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Vanderbilt redirects here. ... This article is about the state-related university. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The 100 years celebration (2008). ... Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is a prominent Italian basketball club, based in Bologna. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Boston redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... NBA redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video signals which transmit programs to an audience. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ...

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Early life

The son of a Nigerian (Igbo) father, he was raised in Stockport, England with his two younger sisters by his English mother, attending Stockport Grammar School. Amaechi moved to the U.S. to play high school basketball at St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. He began playing college basketball at Vanderbilt but transferred to Penn State where he was a two-time First Team Academic All-American selection. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in West Africa and, by far, the most populated nation in Africa. ... -1... Stockport is a large town in the north west of England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio Location of Toledo within Lucas County, Ohio. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... Vanderbilt redirects here. ... This article is about the state-related university. ...


Playing career

The 6 ft 10 in, 270 lb (208 cm, 122 kg) center was signed undrafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995. He played 28 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1995-1996 season, then played for two years in Europe (France: Cholet, Limoges; Italy: Kinder Bologna; Greece: Panathinaikos; UK: Sheffield Sharks). In the season 1996-1997 he played for Panathinaikos BC. In September 1996 he won the Intercontinental Cup being the first scorer (alongside with Fragiskos Alvertis) of Panathinaikos BC with 59 points in the 3 games of the tournament (18,23,18 pts). In 1997-1998 he won the Euroleague with Kinder Bologna. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Cholet Basket is a basketball club based in Cholet, France that plays in the Ligue Nationale de Basketball. ... The Cercle Saint-Pierre de Limoges, or CSP Limoges, is a French Basketball club based in Limoges. ... Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is a prominent Italian basketball club, based in Bologna. ... The 100 years celebration (2008). ... The Sheffield Sharks (officially known as Westfield Sharks Sheffield after their sponsors) are a basketball club in Sheffield, England. ... The 100 years celebration (2008). ... Fragiskos Alvertis (Greek: ) (born June 11, 1974 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player. ... The 100 years celebration (2008). ... The Euroleague (EL) is the highest caliber professional basketball competition in Europe, with teams from thirteen different European countries. ... Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is a prominent Italian basketball club, based in Bologna. ...


He returned to the USA signing with the Orlando Magic in 1999. With a solid 1999-2000 season, where he averaged 10.5 points in 21.1 minutes per contest, he gained fame for scoring the NBA's first points in the year 2000. Before speaking publicly about being gay, Amaechi may have been best known[citation needed] for turning down a $17 million contract offer from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, opting to remain in Orlando for $600,000 per year.[2] Amaechi went on to play for the Utah Jazz from 2001 to 2003. The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He was traded to the Houston Rockets midway through his final NBA season in exchange for Glen Rice[3], and though he was an active player, he did not participate in any games for them. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ...


Amaechi came out of retirement to represent England during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, helping the England national basketball team win the bronze medal. In all he made 18 Caps for England. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... England Basketball logo. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Post-NBA career

Amaechi previously worked on coverage of a weekly NBA basketball game on UK television channel "Five" and is now a regular guest on a variety of shows. Five (often referred as five, as per the logo), formerly, and more commonly known as Channel 5, is the British fifth and final national analogue terrestrial TV channel. ...


In addition, Amaechi owns Animus Consulting, which provides motivational speakers, and is a partner in Animus Development, an executive training program.[4]


Amaechi is also involved with the ABC Foundation in Manchester, which encourages children to become involved in sports and their communities by building youth sports centers throughout the United Kingdom. The first such facility, the Amaechi Basketball Centre, was built in Manchester, not far from Amaechi's childhood home of Stockport.[5] The venue is also home to the English Basketball League's Manchester Magic (men) and Manchester Mystics (women), both of which are owned by Amaechi. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... “EBL” redirects here. ... Manchester Magic is an English basketball team from Manchester, Greater Manchester, competing in the English Basketball League, Division 1. ... The Manchester Mystics is a womens basketball team from Manchester, England, who compete in Division 1 of the Womens English Basketball League. ...


In a radio interview, Amaechi said that he is returning to school to get a Ph.D. in psychology. "I want to do something more meaningful in my life," he said. Amaechi also explained why he played for Orlando in 2000 for much less than the $17 million offered to him by the Lakers; his answer was that Orlando had hired him in 1999 when no other team would. "There are many people who are asked what their word is worth, and when people ask me that I can say, 'At least $17 million.'"[6]


Coming out

In February 2007, Amaechi spoke about his homosexuality on ESPN's Outside the Lines program. He also released a book, Man in the Middle, published by ESPN Books (ISBN 1933060190), which discusses his career and life as a closeted professional athlete. Amaechi is the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay.[4][7] Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Outside the Lines began in 1990 as a monthly progam that examined a critical issue in American sports. ... ESPN Books logo ESPN Books is a publishing company operated by ESPN Started in 2004, ESPN Books has published almost 20 books. ... This article is about sexual orientation. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


Very few male team sports members have come out. Among them are former NFL players Esera Tuaolo, Roy Simmons, and Dave Kopay, former NRL player Ian Roberts and former Major League Baseball players Glenn Burke and Billy Bean. Bean wrote an op-ed in support of Amaechi's decision.[8] For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... NFL redirects here. ... Esera Tavai Tuaolo, born July 11, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii played professional football in the National Football League for nine years, including participation in the Super Bowl. ... Roy Franklin Simmons (born November 8, 1956) is an African-American athlete who played for the National Football League. ... David Marquette Kopay (born June 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football running back in the NFL who was one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay. ... NRL redirects here. ... [[1]] This article is about the rugby league player. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Glenn Lawrence Burke (November 16, 1952 (Oakland, California) -May 30, 1995) was a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1976 to 1979. ... Going The Other Way by Billy Bean For the article on the current general manager of the Oakland Athletics, see: Billy Beane. ...


Cyd Zeigler, the co-founder of Outsports.com, a web site dedicated to the gay influence in sports, said, "I don't think (Amaechi's declaration) will have any effect on his ability to do that," referring to Amaechi's businesses and charitable work. "You will have some people who will raise an eyebrow," Zeigler added.[9] Cyd Zeigler Jr is a commentator and author in the field of sexuality and sports. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...


Zeigler said he has read an advance copy of Amaechi's book and spoken with him on the telephone. He gave some insight to Amaechi's upbringing in England, where he was raised by his mother and felt isolated because of his size and mixed race.


In a 2002 interview with Scotland on Sunday, Amaechi had previously spoken about gays in the NBA: "If you look at our league, minorities aren't very well represented. There's hardly any Hispanic players, no Asian-Americans, so that there's no openly gay players is no real surprise. It would be like an alien dropping down from space. There'd be fear, then panic: they just wouldn't know how to handle it."[10] The Scotsman is a Scottish newspaper published in Edinburgh. ...


In May 2007, a few months after coming out, Amaechi said he had "underestimated America", adding that he had expected the "wrath of a nation" but it never materialized.[11] He made these statements despite having been the subject of death threats a few months earlier.[12]


Reaction from other players

One widely-publicized response to Amaechi's announcement came from former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who stated that he would ask for a gay player to be removed from his team; "First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team. Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room. Something has to give, If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that's upset and can't concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court or whatever, it's going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate."[13] Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ...


Some players gave Amaechi public support; former Magic teammate Grant Hill expressed "the fact that John has done this, maybe it will give others the comfort or confidence to come out as well, whether they are playing or retiring." The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ...


However the prevailing public statements from NBA players tended to toward an expression of mixed feelings on the matter. Steven Hunter said that he would accept an openly gay teammate "as long as he [didn't] make any advances toward me. As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself like a good person, I'd be fine with it." That sentiment was echoed by Shavlik Randolph, who said that "as long as you don't bring your gayness on me I'm fine. As far as business-wise, I'm sure I could play with him. But I think it would create a little awkwardness in the locker room."[14] Pat Garrity warned that an openly gay player could expect to face both acceptance and hostility from his teammates. He said that "they would have teammates that would accept them for being a good person and a good teammate, and there would be people who would give him a hard time about it. I think that's true if you're playing basketball or in an office job. That's just how the world is right now." LeBron James felt that he couldn't trust a gay teammate who was in the closet, saying "with teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you're gay and you're not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy. So that's like the No. 1 thing as teammates — we all trust each other.... It's a trust factor, honestly. A big trust factor."[14] Steven D. Hunter (born October 31, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player currently with the Philadelphia 76ers. ... Ronald Shavlik Randolph (born November 24, 1983 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American National Basketball Association player. ... Patrick Joseph Garrity (born August 23, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Orlando Magic. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article is about sexual orientation. ...


Awards

John Amaechi was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Manchester Metropolitan University on July 19, 2007 in recognition of his achievements not only as an athlete and broadcaster, but also for his charitable work with the National Literacy Trust, the NSPCC and the establishment of the ABC Foundation to encourage children to become involved in sport and their community.


References

  1. ^ Mark Woods, Coming out fighting off basketball court, Scotland on Sunday, February 18, 2007.
  2. ^ Le Batard, Dan. "Free to be himself", ESPN The Magazine, 2007-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Rockets trade forward Glen Rice for Utah center John Amaechi", ESPN, 2003-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b Cyd Zeigler Jr. and Jim Buzinski, John Amaechi to come out publicly, Outsports.com, February 7, 2007.
  5. ^ Mark Woods, Amaechi largesse leaves centre in wake, Britball.com, August 2002.
  6. ^ Gay in the NBA, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, February 20, 2007.
  7. ^ Ian Whittell, I'm gay, says British basketball star, John Amaechi is first male basketball player to come out in US, The Times, February 7, 2007.
  8. ^ Billy Bean, BEAN: One Pioneering Gay Athlete Thanks Another, ABC News, February 8, 2007.
  9. ^ William Henderson, Former NBA player and Boston native comes out, In Newsweekly, February 8, 2007.
  10. ^ Mark Woods, Gay expression continues to struggle, Scotland on Sunday, August 18, 2002.
  11. ^ Arnie Stapleton, Amaechi: 'I underestimated America', Associated Press, May 5, 2007.
  12. ^ Amaechi 'receives death threats', The Australian, February 14, 2007.
  13. ^ Straight shooter: 'Homophobic' Hardaway says he hates 'gay people', Associated Press, February 14, 2007.
  14. ^ a b Chris Sheridan, Amaechi becomes first NBA player to come out, ESPN.com, February 9, 2007.

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