678-679: Lance Allred – First Deaf Player in the NBA
December 6, 2016
Lance Allred’s Mormon story is fascinating for so many reasons.
He is the grandson of assassinated Mormon fundamentalist prophet Rulon Allred.
He was born deaf, and stands 6’11” tall.
He was a star basketball player for East High school (SLC, Utah), and played college basketball both at the University of Utah and Weber State University.
Lance developed scrupulosity (religious OCD), at least partially as a result of both perfectionism, and guilt/shame relating to matters of sexuality.
NCAA legend Rick Marjerus was forced to resign as University of Utah basketball coach, at least in part because of his verbal abuse of Lance.
After college, Lance went on to play 10 years of professional basketball (mostly overseas), including playing a year for the Cleveland Cavaliers with Lebron James (pre-Miami), amongst other teams (he even met Larry Bird!).
Lance become a popular public speaker, perhaps most recently known for his “What is Your Polygamy” TEDx talk.
Lance has fascinating insights on faith, doubt, and disbelief.