Excellent news to start the week. Mike Survillon, the abtastic narrator and one of the co-stars of Logo’s gay-basketball reality series Shirts & Skins, will reportedly play professional basketball. Outsports reports the newly-out player "received an offer from the ABA’s San Francisco Rumble",which played the gay amateur Rock Dogs team in the first episode of the series.
Cyd Zeigler writes: "This has long been the way experts have believed one of the four major sports leagues would have its first openly gay active player: An out player would simply be too good to pass up either in a draft or as a free agent."
Survillon becomes "the second openly gay male professional basketball player" in the United States. The first was Survillion’s Rock Dogs teammate, DeMarco Majors, who played on "the ABA’s Hawaii team even while he was training for the Gay Games" where he won gold. Clik magazine profiled Demarco's ABA career.
This is a beautiful thing. When we reviewed Shirts & Skins, you'll recall we wanted to hear more about his aspirations to play professional ball. Openly gay former basketball player John Amaechi gave some good advice to Survillon, who also said he wanted "to be an influence on those who are not out" and a role model for black gay youth and athletes. Mike Survillon is definitely a draft pick in more ways than one.
Gay Player Recruited by the ABA [Outsports]
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