Nobody told former Daily Beast editor and potentially former CNN host Howard Kurtz, but four years before Jason Collins came out of the closet in the pages of Sports Illustrated, he was engaged to Carolyn Moos, a former WNBA player and fellow Stanford graduate who now works as a personal trainer. And nobody told Moos that Collins was gay until a few days ago, but now she wants to tell — or at least sell — her story to the world. On Monday morning Moos placed a notice on her website indicating that she plans to write a book about dating and nearly marrying Collins:
Carolyn will be writing a book as she reflects on her recent life events about her former fiancé. She welcomes submitted questions from the public about what they would like to hear more on given topics that were discuss at the surface level in the interviews. Send your questions to email@example.com and Carolyn will review all of them as she begins to write.
"The interviews" appear to refer to Moos' recent publicity tour. Following Collins' announcement, Moos began appearing on television — most recently, CNN, E!, and Inside Edition — to discuss her shock at her former beau's announcement. While Collins had dated Moos for eight years before canceling their wedding, TMZ reported "she never once suspected he was gay," and apparently he only informed her of his sexuality a few days before telling everyone else in a national magazine. Evidently those interviews only took a glance at what Moos is going through, and now she's adding public questions into the tell-all memoir genre. (We've asked a few, and will report back if Moos or her representatives respond.)
Moos's notice arrived a day after The Daily Download officially retracted a short, oddly jocular video in which CNN host Howard Kurtz and Daily Download founder Lauren Ashburn mistakenly accused Jason Collins of deliberately concealing his past relationship with Moos. (Collins had, in fact, mentioned their engagement is his Sports Illustrated essay.) On Sunday morning Kurtz repeatedly apologized, to readers, to Moos, and to Collins, for both the video and the error-filled article on which it was based, while under interrogation by media reporters Dylan Byers and David Folkenflik on his own CNN show, Reliable Sources. Having recently left The Daily Beast, hopefully Kurtz will find the time to read Moos's book — this time, all the way through. Whether Kurtz will survive at CNN, well, the skeptics are out there amongst his media critic colleagues. Officially, he's safe — for now.