Posted March 29, 2013

Robbie Rogers: Being gay forced him to leave soccer, but he could return

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Robbie Rogers announced he was gay on his blog in January. (Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Former U.S. National player Robbie Rogers announced he was gay on his blog in February. (Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Former MLS and U.S. National team player Robbie Rogers made headlines last month when he announced he was gay and leaving the sport via his blog. Rogers explained to The Guardian Friday why he felt an exit was his only option and hinted that his soccer career might not be over.

“Would I have had the same opportunities when I was younger if I’d come out?” Rogers said in The Guardian. “I don’t think so. There would have been that mentality: ‘Oh, he’s gay … how will that affect the team?’”

Since coming out, Rogers has considered becoming an agent for change in regard to football and sports, but doesn’t want to be a spokesman.

“About a month ago I would’ve thought: ‘I don’t want to be a spokesman for gay footballers,’” he said in the Guardian interview. “I have so many different things I’m interested in. But after thousands of emails, I’m thinking, OK, how can I help others? How can I make some positive change?”

“I’ve heard it recently from coaches. Obviously they’re not homophobic but they’ll say: ‘Don’t pass the ball like a fag,’” he said in the interview. “What are you talking about? Does it make a difference, if you’re gay or straight, as to how you pass the ball? Are you on drugs?’ I guess they say it because they think it’s funny. There’s the stereotype of a gay man being soft and flamboyant.”

According to The Guardian, Rogers’ immediate future will include the fashion industry and possibly a return to soccer:

He flies to New York this weekend and will meet people at Ralph Lauren so they can decide whether he is suited to their new campaign. He has also won himself a place at the London School of Fashion and could begin a three-year course in September. But he might just have enough talent, contacts and nous to concentrate on Halsey – the menswear brand he co-owns in LA. And then, of course, there is football.

“Most days I wake up and I go to my computer and look at my emails and then go onto the football sites. Football will always be part of me. I don’t know if I’m done playing yet. I might ask [the coach] Bruce Arena if I can train with LA Galaxy – we’ll see. I miss it and think about it a lot. But I’m so happy now I don’t want to mess with that. Football was my life and maybe I’ll need to go back … or maybe I’ll just be a fan. But it’s an industry where there are lots of problems – from sketchy agents to homophobic culture.”


10 comments
EPLfan
EPLfan

What a pompous, self-serving,egotist.  Could he just shut up about the disgusting things he's into, sexually?  This guy knows that the slobbering media eat up any homosexually-inclined guy, and would never portray that in even a slightly-negative light.  "...homophopic culture"?  Because they do not (yet) celebrate sinful and disgusting sexual practices?  The degenerates out there won't be happy until homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and necrophilia are tolerated and even celebrated.  "Who are YOU to judge?" is the rallying cry of the morally-bankrupt.

JorenLamper
JorenLamper

 +1000

 

I don't see any straight players coming out and blasting it everyone's face "IM STRAIGHT!!". Robbie, get a life. No one cares. And now you lost your job, idiot.

RickDoe
RickDoe

 @JorenLamper No one's blasting it in everyone's face. Exaggerate much? The one who needs to get a life is you.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @EPLfan Btw, kids, this same idiot was endorsing that Greek player that gave a Nazi salute in a game recently.

 

Comedy gold, this clown.

EPLfan
EPLfan

 @leehwgoc

 Besides, my point was to also expose how the morally-bankrupt are so quick to deem themselves tolerant for celebrating such a disgusting practice, but what they want to pass off as tolerance is really their inability to disapprove of any type of aberrant behavior, no matter how vile.  Are you even capable of explaining why any of the listed sexual behaviors is INHERENTLY bad?  Or can you only parrot what your media masters have told you, that we have no right to call anybody's choice of behavior bad.  Incest -- "consenting adults", "loving couple".  Bestiality:  "what she does in the privacy of her bedroom is none of our business".  Necrophilia -- "he's not hurting anyone, so what is it to you?".  Homosexual sex -- "a lifestyle choice".  Polygamy -- "consenting adults", "loving relationships".  Pathetic how neutered you and your kind have become.

RickDoe
RickDoe

 @EPLfan  @leehwgoc Sorry, not getting into a contest with someone who calls homosexuality "deviant." What century are you from?

 

I feel sorry for your "4th grade girl."

EPLfan
EPLfan

 @RickDoe  @EPLfan  @leehwgoc

And yet you're the one who is incapable of explaining why any of those deviant sexual behaviors are INHERENTLY wrong.   You cannot because you have no moral foundation...you have meekly capitulated to your Hollywood and moral relativistic masters.  Go ahead, I challenge you...but you cannot.  By presenting a moral imperative for behavior, you would have to acknowledge to yourself certain things that you are afraid of -- questions about your own soul, your own obligations, a Higher Authority, etc.  Come on, my 4th grade girl can enunciate a more solid worldview & attendant arguments than you can.

EPLfan
EPLfan

 @leehwgoc  @EPLfan

 Your ignorance is made manifest by two errors you committed in a single sentence.  #1:  it was the Roman salute he made -- originated in ancient Rome times, resurrected by Mussolini and the Italian fascists, and only later adopted by the Nazis.  #2:  I did not endorse that Greek soccer player -- he obviously had poor judgment and was self-confessedly ignorant of the meaning (so he claimed).  My point was that the elites in the sports teams and associations are very selective in what sort of speech they allow, and are quick to act as "thought police" when something objectionable to them is said, forcing wayward players to publicly repent before they are allowed to play another game.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @EPLfan Please die in a fire.  And don't procreate before that point, be considerate of the gene pool.