Yusaf Mack is making headlines and causing quite a stir and let’s just say, it’s not for his boxing.
According to various sources within the sports industry, there seems to be an under cover community when it comes living honestly in one’s sexual orientation. However, we have witnessed the spark of a new trend where individuals like NBA player Jason Collins, football player Michael Sam and Olympic medalist Caitlyn (formerly, Bruce) Jenner who found the courage to come to grips with their truths and pave the way for others struggling with the same problem.
After the company Mack filmed a sex tape with got wind of the allegations he made saying he was drugged on set to sleep with men, the Philly boxer confessed his own truth about his lifestyle after they threatened to sue him for defamation. He released this statement earlier today (Nov. 2).
The second situation, which further explain the first, concerns my lifestyle. I did participate in the adult film because at the time I needed money but also because I am a bisexual man. Meaning I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose.
He then added an apology to the people in his life who were affected by the lie:
Lastly I would like to address the reason I lied. My life was completely destroyed once it had been outed that I participated in a gay film. I selfishly tried to cover the truth and remain in denial, rather than accept the fact that I was leading a double life secretly.
After reflecting on the mess I had made I realized that I hurt a lot of my loved ones and the people, my famCherry.d fans, I cared about the most were left disappointed and confused. It was unfair and time to come clean. I want to say sorry to my children and my ex fiancé, I am so sorry that I was a coward and hid a huge part of my life from you all. To the ones that were once my friends and now feel disgust, I’m sorry, but this is my life. I’m not looking for sympathy or even understanding, I’ve kept this secret for a long time. It is time to move forward and this is me walking in my truth. There are other men and women that are set up in the similar situations and I just hope I can be inspiration to be just be you. The extreme taboo and harsh criticism of living a same sex lifestyle, especially as an African American male, makes it hard to be completely honest and comfortable within yourself. But I had to remember that I am a champ & I can fight and will fight through this. I am more than my sexual orientation. To all of my supporters I thank you dearly. For all other media outlets please contact my consultant Anthony Cherry.
Although it is 2015, and there’s been a curve of athletes uncovering the uneasy truth as we have made advances in social acceptance, there is still a lot more work that lies ahead in homosexual tolerance and acceptance of homosexual men in sports as well as in the Hip-Hop community.