Robbie Rogers: Other gay footballers are too terrified to come out
Openly gay soccer pro has said he has not been contacted by any gay closeted footballers since coming out of the closet in February
US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has said he has not been contacted by any closeted footballers since coming out.
And he thinks the reason is because they are terrified to reveal their sexuality.
The 26-year-old came out, and quit the game, back in February. He later came back to the field to play for LA Galaxy.
‘I haven’t received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues,’ he said.
‘I’ve received phone calls and I’ve spoken with all my friends here in the UK and around the world that have supported me, but I haven’t had one message from a [gay] footballer.’
He added to BBC Newsnight: ‘It reminds me of the fear that I had – you remember that atmosphere and how it made you feel. It just shows there’s a huge problem.
‘What do you do to change that, do you try to support them to create an environment that would support them to come out and they would feel comfortable in? It’s really tough.’
But while he feared the worst, Rogers says the reaction has been ‘very, very supportive’.
‘No one’s done it so I had no one to look up to [in order] to test the waters before I went out there,’ he added.
‘I know and I realise I’m the only one that’s doing this. I do feel a responsibility.’
Rogers is the third ever gay man to come out and continue to play in professional football. He follows Swedish low league player Anton Hysén, who came out in 2011, and Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990 and killed himself eight years later.