Found February 18, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Robbie Rogers
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, ...

US footballer Robbie Rogers says he is gay

Robbie Rogers, a former U.S. international playing in England this season, says he is gay and ''could not be happier'' about his decision to go public with his disclosure. In a post on his personal website, Rogers writes: ''Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. ... Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay.'' Rogers...

Joey Barton, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Steve Nash Among Professional Athletes Who Support Robbie Rogers

Respect. Courage. Admiration. These are just some of the words that a number of athletes and soccer figures used in support of American soccer player Robbie Rogers, who announced Friday that he is gay and would be stepping away from professional soccer. Among those who offered Rogers words of support and congratulations were current and former members of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s...

Robbie Rogers’ Coming Out Shines Light on Bullying Comments of Torii Hunter, Brandon Spikes, Other Athletes

Though the statistics aren’t always so clear, the best guess we have right now is that anywhere between 2 to 10 percent of the human population can be identified as homosexual. During the 2012 seasons, 4,000 athletes spent time on the roster of one of the teams within America’s four major team sports. Do the math. “Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he...
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