NBA center Jason Collins made major news on Monday by becoming the first active male athlete in professional team sports to come out as openly gay.
Many people were shocked, including Collins' ex-fiancée, Carolyn Moos, who dated Collins for eight years before he called off the engagement a month before the wedding.
ESPN columnist Rick Reilly has more on Moos' reaction:
Collins told Moos last weekend over the phone before coming out as the first male, gay active American team-sport pro athlete in a Sports Illustrated story Monday.
"I had to sit down," says Moos, now a personal trainer and nutritional consultant. "I was shocked. There's no words to really describe my reaction. ... But this does alleviate some of the pain. … I'm so happy for him. He deserves to live the life he wants."
Nobody -- not fiancées, not four years' worth of teammates at Stanford, not six teams' worth of NBA teammates -- saw this coming.
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