1 Updates
Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Comes Out: "I Always Thought I Could Hide This Secret"
Photo Credit: TV Guide

Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Comes Out: "I Always Thought I Could Hide This Secret"

Feb 15 2013, 5:08pm CST | by

Robbie Rogers, a former Major League Soccer player, revealed in a lengthy message posted on his website Friday that he is gay and leaving the sport. "I have been afraid, afraid to show [who] I...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Comes Out: "I Always Thought I Could Hide This Secret"

Feb 15 2013, 5:08pm CST | by

Robbie Rogers | Photo Credits: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Robbie Rogers, a former Major League Soccer player, revealed in a lengthy message posted on his website Friday that he is gay and leaving the sport.

"I have been afraid, afraid to show [who] I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations," he said in a post written from London early Friday morning. "Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret. Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams."

Photos: Check out more out and proud celebrities

The 25-year-old midfielder went on to talk about how he thought his sexuality would prevent him from going to the World Cup or the Olympics and described the "internal damage" caused by hiding the truth and avoiding questions about his sexuality. "I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined," he continued. "I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made along the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret."

After years of hiding, Rogers said he could not be happier with his decision and expressed a desire to enjoy his newfound peace away from soccer. "Now is my time to step away. It's time to discover myself away from football," he said. "Honesty is a b---- but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on."

A native of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Rogers played one year of college soccer for the University of Maryland before playing with Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew for four years. In 2008, the team won the MLS Cup title, and Rogers also played for the US National Men's Soccer Under-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

View original Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Comes Out: "I Always Thought I Could Hide This Secret" at TVGuide.com

Related Articles on TVGuide.com

Source: TV Guide

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in The Game of Thrones recently discussed some last-minute changes in the popular series.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon could appear together in Bourne movie
Jeremy Renner says there are plans for him and Matt Damon to appear together in a Bourne film. In September, a report suggested Damon and director Paul Greengrass would reunite for their third Bourne film together - but...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Anti-IS motion submitted to Turkish parliament
Ankara, Oct 1 (IANS) The Turkish government has submitted a motion to parliament to extend the scope of potential action against the Islamic State (IS). Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc Tuesday said the parliament...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
5 Things You Need To Know About Apple Pay
The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch announcements might have gotten the most press after the September 9 event from the Cupertino company, but Apple Pay is certainly something that is worth keeping an eye on and there are five...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
New Reports Say Apple Watch Entering Production In January
Millions of people are anxiously awaiting the release of the Apple Watch, which promises to change the way the public at large views wearable technology after the failure of devices like Google Glass. Where many other...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
The iPhone 6 Is Coming To China
The iPhone 6 launch was the biggest that the company has ever had, selling 10 million units in the first weekend alone. There was one country missing out, though, and that was China, who is one of the largest markets in...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Will Europe Welcome Apple Pay?
Apple has a lot on the plate for the next year, especially after the big announcements that took place earlier in September. One of the most interesting of the announcements was that they were going to release their own...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Is The iWatch Getting A Release Date?
The Apple Watch might have finally been officially announced on September 9, but that doesn’t mean Apple is letting loose what the eventual release date is going to be. New reports say that it might not be coming as...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Will Paypal Play Nice With Apple Pay?
Apple’s September announcement event brought several brand new products, but the Apple Pay system is perhaps the most interesting given the effect that it could have on the retail experience of millions of users. It...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Chinese ship capsizes near Japan
Osaka, Oct 1 (IANS) A Chinese ship has capsized near Japan, the Chinese consulate general said here Wednesday. Official said five crew members of the ship LURONGYU2859 were rescued, while some nine were still missing...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Modi makes a 'hugely successful journey' to America
Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up what he himself called a "hugely successful journey" to the US, winning over everyone, from President Barack Obama down, hardselling India to big...
Read more on Politics Balla