My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in the history of major-college football after being recruited by the Arizona Wildcats.
“I do feel like when I say that [I’m gay], it can put a target on my back,” Johnson told AZCentral. “But whatever.”
— My-King Johnson (@kingj9943) February 2, 2017
The 6-foot-4 defensive end shared that when he came out to Arizona coach Vincent Amey during the recruiting process, he was thrilled to hear “we want you to be a Wildcat” as a response.
“I said, ’Look, you are who you are, I am who I am, and I’m going to coach you the same way. I’m going to treat you the same way. I’m going to get on you the same way as everybody else. There’s no difference. You do what you do,'” Amey told AZCentral. “I said, ’When the players find out, especially my room, I’m going to tell [those] dudes: Look, you gotta have his back.'”
17-year-old Johnson said he was 12 when he came out to family and friends, explaining that it was just a part of who he is.
“I’m a very honest person,” he said. “I just don’t see how I could be living an honest, truthful life and have that in the background.”