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Former Bradley basketball player James Baptist is gay

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Windy City Times introduces us to an athlete who has been living out and proud for 15 years

James Baptist played basketball at Bradley
James Baptist played basketball at Bradley
Ross Forman

Chicago businessman James Baptist talked with the Windy City Times about being gay and a basketball player at Bradley University from 1992 to 1996. From the profile, by Ross Forman:

Baptist was a redshirt freshman, then a three-year player at Bradley before graduating in 1996. His college career was alongside Anthony Parker, who went on to an NBA life from 1997-2012; and also Marcus Pollard, who played in the NFL from 1995-2008, mostly for the Indianapolis Colts.

"We were always coming up a little bit short, especially [against] our big rival, Illinois State University," said Baptist, who had his greatest collegiate glory as a senior, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship.

"It was exciting to be a part of the Bradley legacy."

He talks about meeting his first boyfriend at the popular Chicago gay bar Roscoe's, and his mother asking him about the "flamboyant" friends he was bringing by the house in 1997.

Read the full article the Windy City Times. In the video below, Baptist talks basketball politics:

Basketball Politics: Craig Hodges and James Baptist (via heartlandmedia)