Former Villanova Basketball Player Will Sheridan Comes Out of the Closet

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Today's cover story on ESPN.com tells us that Will Sheridan is gay. Hellllo, 2011. You can read the story here. It's a tremendous in-depth piece written by Dana O'Neill, who covered Villanova for the Daily News during Sheridan's time on the Main Line.

You probably could have deduced this for yourself if you watched this video, but all jokes aside, O’Neill wrote an excellent story, which includes Jay Wright's and Mike Nardi's reactions to finding out about "Bump":

That night that he told Nardi, his teammate didn't recoil or walk out of the room. He didn't ask for a new roommate.

He made a joke.

"I just said, 'Don't go putting a hit on me or sniffing my underwear or nothing,'" Nardi said. "I mean I was surprised because it was new to me. I had never really experienced anything like that, but it's not like it mattered. I don't know. I mean we were friends. Who cares?"

Evidence of the team's unity and comfort lies in one simple nugget: Jay Wright never knew his starting power forward was gay until after Sheridan graduated.

No one ever went to him with a complaint or a worry. No one even bothered to tell him.

"After I found out, I was like, 'Did you know?' And all the guys, they were like, 'Yeah, Coach, we knew,'" Wright said. "They just didn't care and I guess I was just oblivious."

Oblivious. That's exactly the word Sheridan used as well. He laughed when trying to explain his basketball-centric coach, making an itty-bitty telescope with his hands to show just how tunneled Wright's vision was.

 

Mike Nardi is equal parts funny and ridiculous.

Of course, this story runs just days before Sheridan's latest single, 302, an homage to Delaware, drops. Don't think this will stop us from lampooning his cocky lyrics.

5 Comments

  1. I mean, having been at ‘Nova during this time, it was pretty widely known Sheridan was gay, which is why they used him to reiterate the Suns’ president coming out. Not that every student knew at Nova, but enough did. Really lame IMHO.
    I read the piece, and I think its been a slow day in sports so they had to find something for a Monday over at ESPN.com. This was probably also a way for ESPN to go after Kobe again for being a bit of a recluse (he’s no chase utley though) and dropping a “fag” bomb during a heated game.
    I think reporting on homosexuality in sports is lame. We’re at a point in society where its OK to be gay among 80%+ of those under 35. There is a better understanding of who these people are. Sure there aren’t a lot of athletes who are gay, but there also aren’t *that* many people in society who are gay (this is to say there are a large number of gay people, but the majority of society is straight). I think homosexuality only ruffles the feathers of readers who are a bit older, and get women visiting espn.com, (because women LOVE gay men), and this is an attempt to get people arguing and create an argument/drama. Just like that racist Marcus Hayes.
    Either way, good for Will Sheridan being comfortable for who he is.

  2. His teammates knew, his family knew. Why do I need to know?

  3. wait, people thought he was straight?

  4. Sean Lawlor just came out too

  5. Just teasing….he didnt, But its funny

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