Friday, 29 March 2013

Robbie Rogers: Come Out And Not Play

I know things will change. There will be gay footballers. I just don't know when and how long it will take. The next step is how do you create an atmosphere where men and women feel it's OK to come out and continue to play? It's a great question. Football has so much history. It's a great sport with so much culture and tradition. But I'm positive there will be changes...

The Guardian runs the first interview with Robbie Rogers since he came out in February - he says he turned down some big money from other publications, presumably for a salacious and sensationalist "shorts round our ankles in the dressing room" take on things.
He seems a decent fellow, and here also combats another popular prejudice - that footballers aren't very bright.
Though the Guardian feature has left me none-the-wiser really as to why he decided to come out and quit professional football; beyond he "became acutely aware of the impossibility of being a publicly-out gay footballer."
And that's called sad.

PS The interview was re-staged for some video things for Google+ Hangout - who get a rather prominent plug.


  1. It's incredibly sad that he felt he couldn't be a footballer anymore after coming out.
    I read some really shitty, judgmental crap in the comments section of Queerty about this. "Oh, another self-hater," etc.
    That really pisses me off. At least he came out; and it's a good thing for him, primarily. Why can't people just wish him happiness and congratulate him?

  2. Genius heading, btw.