Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/30/13
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Jason Collins story is that he has had girlfriends throughout his entire life and was once engaged to be married. Former Stanford and WNBA star Carolyn Moos, who dated Collins for eight years and eventually became his fiancee, found out just last weekend that the NBA veteran is gay. She was shocked. Collins was engaged to Moos until 2009, when he decided to call off their wedding. Moos told TMZ on Tuesday that she never was suspected he was gay, but he told her last weekend that his homosexuality was the reason he called off their relationship. “It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him,” Moos explained. “So this is all hard to understand. I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.” Moos added that Collins gave her a bunch of “BS reasons” for why he decided to break up with her back in 2009, so I’m sure in a sense she is relieved. It’s impossible to imagine how difficult it must have been for Collins to not only maintain a romantic relationship with a woman, but also to have to call it off and feel inclined to hide the real reason why. For more on his amazing story, click here.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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