About a month and a half after his retirement, Robbie Rogers has finally talked about his decision to leave soccer and admitting his homosexuality in an interview with Donald McRae of The Guardian.
He also did a video sit-down with McRae, where he sat next to the British reporter and revealed his true feelings on homosexual athletes in world football.
Rogers’s senior career spanned from 2005 to 2013 before announcing his retirement in mid-February. That included 18 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team, and also included this strike off a low cross from Brek Shea that showed the promise of the next U.S. soccer generation.
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Rogers has already gotten loads of support, but there was one quote that stood out to me.
“I have tons of support from footballers,” Rogers told McRae. “No one has said ‘hey Robbie! I’m so glad you did this. I’m actually gay as well.’ It’s going to take more time.”
Rogers was willing to come out, but no one else has been willing to. But his courage to accept an interview is a large step for gay athletes.