Saturday, February 16th, 2013
‘‘For the past 25 years I have been afraid to show who I really was because of fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. ‘Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret…My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.” - Robbie Rogers, former professional football player, ‘The Next Chapter‘ blog
Yesterday was a bittersweet and potentially seismic day for the Beautiful Game, as 25 year-old US international Robbie Rogers had the courage to came out as gay, only to then announce his decision to retire from the sport in the same breath.
Sweet to know that Rogers had the courage to come out and in what remains a predominantly macho sport, bitter to then realise that the game now loses a rising star indirectly because of this.
The reaction from the footballing community has been emphatically positive, with former team mates and sporting colleagues alike showing their unreserved support and admiration at his decision.
Below are some of the supportive Tweets Rogers has received, as well as a heart-warming video message from Seattle Sounders; followed by a clip of some of Robbie Rogers’ best moments in his all-too brief football career.
Footballer Robbie Rogers has come outand said he is gay. Wish him all the best and hope he continues to play free of any nonsense.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 15, 2013
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) February 16, 2013
Good for Neil Warnock for supporting ex-Leeds player Robbie Rogers for coming out as gay: telegraph.co.uk/sport/football…Even football is changing
— Simon Kuper (@KuperSimon) February 16, 2013
@robbierogers respect 2 u mate and u shouldn’t have 2feel the way u did. Its 2013 wanna wish u all the best,hopefully see u back in the game
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) February 16, 2013