Carolyn Moos: WNBA Star Was Jason Collins' Unwitting Jilted Fiancé

Image: Carolyn Moos: WNBA Star Was Jason Collins' Unwitting Jilted Fiancé 2000 photo of Stanford forward Carolyn Moos, center.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:04 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Carolyn Moos, the former WNBA player who was once engaged to Jason Collins, said she had no idea he was gay until last weekend, just days before he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated announcing his sexuality.

Moos and Collins dated for seven years, and were even engaged until Collins called off the wedding in 2009. At the time of their breakup, Moos said Collins gave her a string of reasons why he wanted to end the relationship but she never once suspected he was gay.

"It's very emotional for me as a woman to have invested eight years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him, so this is all hard to understand," Moos, who played a few seasons in the WNBA from 2001 to 2003, told TMZ. "I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out."

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Moos, 34, met Collins while the two were both students at Stanford.

"Calling off the wedding was obviously a tough decision," Collins said in an interview Tuesday with ABC's "Good Morning America." "But it was the right one because I knew I wasn't getting married for the right reasons."

Collins made headlines when he revealed his sexuality in a first-person Sports Illustrated essay Monday.

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins, former center for the Boston Celtics and now a free agent, wrote. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.

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"…When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue."

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Chris Broussard Slams Homosexuality on ESPN After Jason Collins Comes Out (Video)

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