Gay NBA player welcomes Hitzlsperger's announcement

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to reveal he was gay, has welcomed Thomas Hitzlsperger's announcement by tweeting:

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Congratulations to Thomas Hitzelsperger - welcome to the club!

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Fashanu niece: Shame Hitzlsperger waited so long

The niece of Britain's first openly gay footballer Justin Fashanu has said ex-Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to reveal he is gay is "very significant" but said it was a shame he waited until he was retired to make the announcement