First Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz on Coming Out: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy. I am Free’ – VIDEO


Boxer Orlando Cruz gave an on-camera interview to HBO sports' Jon Frankel for a 'Real Sports' special last night exploring why athletes in the big four sports are so reluctant to reveal their sexual orientation until after their playing days.

In this clip, Cruz talks about the fear he felt as a closeted gay man. He said he would cry at home before and after the gym. He says he came out because he wanted to gain respect, and now he has it:

"[I'm] very, very happy. I am free."


This episode will air again Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. EDT and Friday at 10:30 a.m. EDT and 7 p.m. EDT on HBO2.