After two seasons in Toronto, filled with inconsistent play and injury trouble, DeMarre Carroll was traded this offseason to the Nets in a salary dump. Brooklyn received Carroll as well as first and second-round draft picks in 2018 while the Raptors added Justin Hamilton and cleared the $30 million left on Carroll’s contract over the next two years.
“Of course, I have a whole journey — everybody does in life. I think the hard part is being public about it. I don’t like to be, not necessarily ‘gossiped’ about but the topic of conversations,” Bird said.
It’s the opposite of Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights and famously followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead to kneel during the National Anthem last season.
“Sue has the same convictions about her life and the things she believes in as I do but, I think, does it in a different way,” Rapinoe said. “It’s important to create space for athletes — and people in general who are in the spotlight and don’t want all the attention on them—to be who they are in a way that’s comfortable for them.”
Despite their different approaches, Bird said Rapinoe never pressured her into publicly coming out, and that she almost did before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, she said she “chickened out.”
However, Bird said she knew she was gay when she was a student at UConn and it’s always been a “nonissue” with her teammates and friends. But exposing her life to the world is a different story.
“I can be quiet and a little shy,” she said. “I’m Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys usually just New Nike NFL Jerseys dipping my toe in the water until the extrovert part of me can come out.”