Robbie Rogers Quits Soccer, Comes Out as Gay

The 25-year-old soccer star makes two big announcements in one little blog post.

In one blog post, 25-year-old soccer player Robbie Rogers, who played for the United States National Team, announces he is quitting soccer and he comes out of the closet. Here’s some of what he wrote:

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 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… 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 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. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.

You can read the rest of his post here. I vote Out Magazine make an addendum to this year’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors list. Ouch!


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