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Confidence key to breaking the silence

When will a player publicly announce he's gay? When he's supremely confident in himself and his abilities.

Originally Published: February 9, 2004
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

"I don't mean for this to be a distraction. I'm hoping this is gonna ward off distractions. And if, incidentally, there's any kid out there struggling with his identity, I hope this sends a message that it's OK. They can follow their dreams no matter what. Any young man, creed, whatever, can go out there and become a ballplayer. Or an interior decorator.

-- Star outfielder Darren Lemming announcing he is gay in the award-winning play, "Take Me Out"

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