If there is one thing that you read today, make sure that it's ESPN.com's touching profile of Kenneth Faried, the breakout 6'8 basketball player at Kentucky's Morehead State University. Faried's mother is lesbian and he lovingly speaks of her, her battle with lupus and her relationship.
Before he was born, his grandmother died from complications of lupus and since he was in the fourth grade, his mother, Waudda (pronounced Wa-dee-uh), has battled the crippling disease that attacks the body without discretion. And then 10 years ago, his mother introduced Faried to Manasin Copeland, the woman that would become her wife.
"I think people have an aura about them and the first time I met her, I thought, 'I like this lady," Faried said. "And when they got married, that showed me what commitment is all about, that there are people out there that can commit, even though for them it really has been the worst of times. I look at them, what they've been through and I think, 'Wow. That's amazing.' They're amazing to me."
Faried, who was raised in Newark, talks about growing up with two moms and their civil union.
Together for in the neighborhood of a decade—10 years, according to Waudda and nine, says Copeland—the two made their bond legal on April 5, 2007 in the Newark City Hall municipal court."Some people just say for better or worse and some people mean it," said Waudda, who was in another relationship prior to meeting Copeland but discovered quickly that the other woman couldn't handle her disease. "I know she's in it for the long haul."
Faried knows there are people in the world that will not approve of the relationship between his mother and Copeland, whom he calls Oomie, the Arabic word for mother. Somehow, Faried never encountered them growing up. No teasing, no snickering, not a reaction at all.
"I think maybe I was just lucky because I lived in New Jersey," Faried said. "There's everything there, every culture, every lifestyle. I'm sure it would be a lot different if I grew up somewhere else."
Faried's easy acceptance is exactly what Waudda and Copeland hoped for. They have never had any long sit-downs about life lessons with their children (Copeland has four kids), not even so much as an explanation. There never had to be. They loved one another, they love their kids and now they love their nine grandkids.
Read the full story at ESPN. It's very beautiful.
Kenneth Faried's story is a sharp contrast to Dez Bryant, the rookie drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant had a troubled relationship with his mother, who had her son when she was only 15 years old and later came out as lesbian. The wide receiver says he has become "comfortable" with his mom's "change in sexual orientation" ... but "still" doesn't "like it".
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