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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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American soccer star Robbie Rogers comes out as gay

Leeds United and US soccer star Robbie Rogers comes out as gay

American international and ex Leeds United football star Robbie Rogers says he’s gay, coming out after 25 years, and quitting soccer
15 FEBRUARY 2013 | BY TRIS REID-SMITH


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American international and former British Leeds United football midfielder Robbie Rogers has come out as gay.

The 25-year-old told fans he no longer wants to keep his sexuality a secret.

He added he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with his decision.

He’s the highest profile footballer to come out in Britain’s national game since Justin Fashanu in 1990. He committed suicide in 1998.

Writing on his blog Rogers said he had feared coming out as gay would get in the way of his dreams.

‘Dreams of going to a World Cup, dreams of The Olympics, dreams of making my family proud. What would life be without these dreams? Could I live a life without them?’ he asked.

But now he has decided to get things off his chest.

He wrote: ‘Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple.

‘Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.

‘I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.

‘Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.

‘Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.’

Rogers started playing in college football at the University of Maryland. After moving to Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen in 2006 he returned to the US to sign for Columbus Crew the next year.

He played for the USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won an MLS Cup title with Columbus Crew that same year.

In 2012 he was with British Championship side Leeds United. He was then on loan to League One team Stevenage, also in the UK, from August 2012 until January 2013.

He is the co-owner of menswear brand Halsey.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/l...-out-gay150213
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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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^ I agree and kudos to him for coming out by why he has to quit soccer at age 25 just because of this though?
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I don't get him quitting either when he doesn't seem to have an injury
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OMG, he can come play soccer with me anytime
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It's a bit of a shame that he feels the need to quite because of this, or do I have it wrong?

This is good though, LGBT are almost invisible in sports so I'm all for those who want to "publicise" it. I think the days of top stars coming out are still waaaay off though.
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It's a bit of a shame that he feels the need to quite because of this, or do I have it wrong?

This is good though, LGBT are almost invisible in sports so I'm all for those who want to "publicise" it. I think the days of top stars coming out are still waaaay off though.
well, he had to quit because, you know, according to some people in this board, he will either start spreading homosexuality directly or indirectly to other players or not be able to control himself and start hitting on the straight males of the locker room...
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Coming out is good. Coming out and quitting at a young-ish age simultaneously makes it look like he's not exactly proud of it either . Like he knows he'll get shit about it from media/other players and isn't willing to handle it .

Oh well, best of luck to him . He'll have no shortage of guys to explore with .
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^ I agree and kudos to him for coming out by why he has to quit soccer at age 25 just because of this though?
So many people seem to be jumping to this conclusion There must be multiple reasons behind his decision to retire - he's currently without a club (misleading thread title), has barely played in over a year due to injuries & wasn't been able to find any form in between those injuries. He's mentioned his dislike over how certain things are run in the MLS, maybe he'd rather not play at all than not have a choice where he plays in the MLS. He's already been working on other projects outside of football.

It's not a case of "Sucks but I can't play anymore because I'm gay."
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All the creator stuff creeped me out
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So many people seem to be jumping to this conclusion There must be multiple reasons behind his decision to retire - he's currently without a club, has barely played in over a year due to injuries & hasn't been able to find any form in between those injuries. He's already been working on other projects outside of football.

It's not a case of "Sucks but I can't play anymore because I'm gay."
Thanks for clearing that up. I know nothing of football so all I had was assumptions .
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So many people seem to be jumping to this conclusion There must be multiple reasons behind his decision to retire - he's currently without a club (misleading thread title), has barely played in over a year due to injuries & wasn't been able to find any form in between those injuries. He's mentioned his dislike over how certain things are run in the MLS, maybe he'd rather not play at all than not have a choice where he plays in the MLS. He's already been working on other projects outside of football.

It's not a case of "Sucks but I can't play anymore because I'm gay."
What misleading thread title? I was just copying the sub heading of the article

I don't know the case that's why I asked
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