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First gay NBA exec is new Warriors president

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Barely four months ago, then-Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts announced to the world what friends and colleagues already knew: That he was gay.

On Tuesday, less than three weeks after leaving the Suns — insisting he wasn’t headed for “greener pastures” —  Welts was introduced by the Warriors their new team president.

The Warriors aren’t exactly greener pastures than the Suns, so we won’t ding Welts any honesty points for how he left Phoenix.

Plus, Welts’ long-time partner has joint custody of two children in Sacramento, so northern California a better fit for the 58-year-old

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

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