Soccer Player ROBBIE ROGERS Comes out as Gay and Retires

A bit of a shocker Friday – Major League Sexy Soccer player Robbie Rogers came OUT of the closet on his blog yesterday and also announced that he’s leaving the sport.

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. 

 

Rogers said that fear held him back for 25 years:

For the past 25 year I have been afraid,
afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and
rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations.   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.

Dreams of
going to a World Cup, dreams of The Olympics, dreams of making my
family proud.  What would life be without these dreams? Could I live a
life without them?

Life is only complete when your loved ones
know you.  When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how
you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone.  Gone is the pain
that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and
at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

Send Robbie an email and congratulate him!