American soccer player Robbie Rogers posted a blog statement in which he seems to reveal his sexuality and then announce he is no longer playing soccer. Here’s a piece of his blog as seen on sbnation.com:
“Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.
I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret … Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.”
The 25-year-old Rogers played for Leeds United and for Stevenage. He has also represented the United States 18 times at senior international level.
While this post will produce more questions than answers I think his leaving the game probably had to do with his safety. Sports has a long history of intolerance against homosexuality in a strong testosterone, ego-driven dynamic. While I understand his decision, I also think sexuality has no place in sports. It does not and should not matter a person’s sexual orientation.
It should be about respecting and playing the game.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,