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Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers: ‘Football hid my secret’

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, in his first television interview since coming out earlier this year, describes the feeling of being gay and closeted in professional sports, and said he hid his sexuality all his life so he could fit in with the “macho, macho man” world of soccer.

In a new interview airing on ABC News’ “Nightline” Monday evening, April 15, Rogers tells ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, “I think the same things that made it difficult for me to come out also gave me the strength.”

“I was raised to be a voice, to be myself, to be unique, not to follow a pack,” said Rogers, who also acknowledged that he heard gays slurs in the locker room “all the time.”

Watch a preview, courtesy ABC News “Nightline”:

When he came out on Feb. 15, Rogers also announced that — at age 25 — he was retiring from the sport.

“My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended,” he said.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you Robbie, Thank you!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:45pm
  2. congrats!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:48pm
  3. Hi RobbieI Congratulate You For your Courage Of Coming Out, You Have To Live Your Life The Way You Want To Live It Not The Way Everyone Else Want You To!! I’m Very Proud Of Your For Doing What You Just Did We Need More Like You!! Take Care And Be Safe!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:04pm
  4. good going ! Hold your head up high and you’ll go far!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:05pm
  5. Brave man.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:12pm
  6. A trooper!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:48pm
  7. Robbie: Masculinity is the best cover for our stereotype. Thank you for showing your courage and vulnerability by smashing the stereotype.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9:27pm
  8. Congratulations..!

    Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:43am
  9. Love Ya Robbie…

    Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:38pm