Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/5/13
  Jason Collins laid the groundwork when he made the announcement last week that he was gay, and now the results of his bravery are starting to bare fruit. According to a report by Sports Illustrated via Mark Townsend of the Guardian, as many as eight Barclays English Premier League soccer players have revealed to their teammates that they are gay. As of right now, the players are refusing to go public with their announcement for fear of the reaction of the fans and the media. The last English soccer player to reveal that he was gays was Justin Fashanu in 1990. Fashanu, played for four years after coming out, but committed suicide at 37, after having a difficulty dealing with the backlash. Fashanu, was also accused by a 17-year-old boy of sexual assault, but said it was consensual in his suicide note. According to the report, the players have gone to the Professional Football’s Association chairman Clarke Carlisle, to reveal their sexuality. The chairman of the Gay Football Supporte...
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