By most accounts, Robbie Rogers is private man who keeps counsel with himself, inner-circle of family and friends.
Those closest to him may not have been shocked when he publicly revealed that he was gay, but the soccer world received his announcement as if a bombshell had been dropped on it. Therein lies the problem.
Rogers’ revelation was such a big deal because there remains a stigma around the issue of homosexuality in the macho world of men’s professional soccer. Instances of homophobia and intolerance are reportedly the norm, rather than the exception. Would it be headline news if one of your colleagues or someone in your industry came out of the closet? Probably not, but it is for a male professional soccer player.
There are no openly gay male athletes in Major League Soccer or any of North America’s four team major sports. Anton Hysen is the only openly gay professional soccer player currently playing in Europe. He plays for Utsiktens BK in Sweden’s third division. In 1990, ...