Before you ask “Why is this relevant?” just remember that there has yet to be a gay athlete in any major American sport to come out during their career — and think of why that might be.
Back in February, former U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team player and Leeds United forward Robbie Rogers came out as gay on his blog, penning a 400-word post declaring his sexual preference. Rogers also announced that he was leaving soccer, saying he wanted to “discover myself away from football.”
Over the last month-and-a-half Rogers has stayed quiet in public aside from Twitter. However, it’s worth noting that Rogers’ announcement was followed with a major outpouring of support from fellow soccer players and athletes throughout the world of sports.
On Friday, the New York Times published the first formal interview with Rogers since his announcement. The 25-year old explained that he hopes “people will understand that I need to be a little selfish about this,” but also left the door open to returning ...