Rick Welts on Being Gay in the NBA

Warriors President talks to Raj about being gay in the NBA

By Liza Meak and Raj Mathai
|  Sunday, Mar 24, 2013  |  Updated 7:05 PM PDT
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Raj Mathai sits down with Warriors President, Rick Welts, the highest ranking openly gay man in American sports.

Raj Mathai sits down with Warriors President, Rick Welts, the highest ranking openly gay man in American sports.

Two years ago, before coming to the Bay Area as president of the Golden State Warriors, Rick Welts made one of the most difficult announcements of his career.

He came out as gay.

"One of the things that kept me from doing it as long as I did was I think that nobody in a position like mine had ever taken that step," Welts said. "As a result, I really couldn't see how that was going to turn out."

Welts' public disclosure about his homosexuality turned out to be one of the best experiences of his life.

"I can tell you at a personal level its been spectacular. I've really been able to communicate to literally thousands of people," Welts said.

Now he's determined to help resurrect the Warriors into a winning NBA team.

"It can't happen overnight, but I know that success is something that will happen and something fans can be really proud of," Welts said with a smile.

You can watch the full interview at the top of this article.

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