John Amaechi, a former legendary basketball player, is the first and only British player to have a place in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played for many top US teams like Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz.
He is also a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author and Chief Executive Officer at Amaechi Performance Systems Ltd.
Furthermore, he also stepped into the entertainment field by producing movies like La Mission (2009) and Out to Win (2015).
Coming Out As Gay
John’s personal life was completely private, and he never liked to share it among other peoples.
Due to such privacy, his sexuality came into speculations. In April 2001, his name came out among those players in the NBA most likely to be gay.
Nonetheless, the player chose to remain silent on the topic for years until February 2007.
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He published a book, Man In The Middle, in February 2007, through ESPN Books, which presented his life and career as a closeted professional athlete.
John became the first former NBA player to come out publicly and reveal his homosexuality.
Since then, he is considered "one amongst the world's most high-profile gay athletes."
John Amaechi's Family Details
John Amaechi was born to an English mother and a Nigerian Igbo father. His mother, Wendy, was a doctor while his father, Jon, was a businessman.
His mother raised him alongside his two younger sisters as his father left the family when he was four years old due to financial loss in his business.
Only after his mother paid off all the money to the creditors, his father returned to the family.
Suddenly, his father disappeared from the family again when John was ten years old. Little did he know that it was the last time he would see his father as, after some years, he got the news that his father had died years ago.
As time passed by, things were getting better in the Amaechi family, but unfortunately, John's mother passed away in the spring of 1994 due to breast cancer.
Nevertheless, John turned the grief of his mother's death into his motivation and looked forward to his career, in an attempt to make his late mother proud.
Also, he shares a very close bond with his other family members and supports them in every possible way he can.
John Amaechi with his Nieces at London Borough of Camden on 2 April 2017 (Photo: John Amaechi's Instagram)
Further, in his spare time, he spends a lot of time with his sisters, friends, and family members. On 24th August 2019, John and his close-ones were seen enjoying their vacation in Kalua Mykonos Paraga.
Bio & Education
John Amaechi was born on 26th November 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He goes by the birth name of John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi.
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The basketball player stands at the height of 6 feet 10 inches (1.85 meters) and weighs about 122 kg (270 lbs).
Additionally, the La Mission producer's birth sign is Sagittarius.
Talking about his education, he attended Tithe Barn Primary School before moving on to Stockport Grammar School.
Later, he got enrolled at St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, US.
Due to his flourishing career and good work, the Manchester Metropolitan University even awarded him with an honorary degree in 2007.
Boyfriend / Partner?
Speaking of John's partner, there hasn’t been any rumor about him having a boyfriend or settling down with a husband. He has been entirely private about it.
However, he did have a bond with someone while he was playing in the NBA league, but there are no personal details about that partner.
Moreover, John was threatened by the former boyfriend to sell a story about his sexuality to the British tabloids before he confirmed his homosexuality.
But, John's then-public relations officer managed to overpower the story.