Orlando Cruz's historic night

October 20, 2012

We all know the story of the athlete who reveals his sexual orientation when he has retired. Not Cruz. This dude shared his bit of news a couple of weeks before the biggest fight of his career (he is the fourth-ranked WBO featherweight), as if scampering around in an 18-foot ring weren't enough pressure.

And, in doing so, he decided, albeit indirectly, to carry the weight of a movement on his narrow shoulders, if but for a little while.

Now, it's Cruz (19-2-1, 9 KOs) who gets to look ignorance in the face and say "I told you so," and the gay community of which he is a part gets to share in that victory.