Kenneth Faried has become the first NBA player to join Athlete Ally, an organization that fights homophobia in sports.
Faried was raised by a lesbian couple in New Jersey.
“I have two moms and I love them both very much,” Faried, who played collegiately at Morehead State in Kentucky, said in a statement from Athlete Ally. “I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the L.G.B.T. community – whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans – to feel welcome in the N.B.A. and in all of our communities.”
The N.B.A. welcomed Faried’s association with Athlete Ally.
“We are proud to work with Athlete Ally and thank Kenneth for his leadership on this issue,” Kathy Behrens, the league’s executive vice president for social responsibility and player programs, said in a statement. “His support on this issue is a welcome step in the N.B.A.’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about and end homophobia in sports.”