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2013-02-15 08:17:55 PM
Rogers, 25, posted a message to Twitter that included a link to his Web site where he wrote that for the past 25 years: "I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear...

Wow.  He found out who he was early.


/good on him though
 
2013-02-15 08:20:54 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Wow. He found out who he was early.


Well, reportedly he began crying shortly after the very first time he touched a vagina.
 
2013-02-15 08:25:02 PM

Kyosuke: Well, reportedly he began crying shortly after the very first time he touched a vagina.


He was expelled.  What reaction would you expect?
 
2013-02-15 08:41:19 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-15 10:05:46 PM
Here's hoping he gets support from his teammates and the public, like that English rugby player did
 
2013-02-15 10:08:10 PM
OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.
 
2013-02-15 10:18:35 PM

Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.


Not anymore.  He's retiring.
 
2013-02-15 10:28:07 PM

KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.


And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.
 
2013-02-15 10:41:45 PM

desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.


It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.
 
2013-02-15 10:43:40 PM
Retiring at 25? He sounds like a hallofamer.
 
2013-02-15 11:14:16 PM
i woulda guessed landon donovan
 
2013-02-15 11:31:19 PM

Kyosuke: AdolfOliverPanties: Wow. He found out who he was early.

Well, reportedly he began crying shortly after the very first time he touched a vagina.


that's every soccer player
 
2013-02-16 12:10:20 AM

Crewmannumber6: Here's hoping he gets support from his teammates and the public, like that English rugby player did


http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/u-s-players-rally-behind-ro bb ie-rogers-on-twitter/
 
2013-02-16 12:24:52 AM

thisiszombocom: i woulda guessed landon donovan


You misspelled David Beckham
 
2013-02-16 01:07:11 AM
In pro soccer, he's likely to have teammates from countries whose governments will tell players, "we'll kill you if you play with a homosexual."

Like Uganda, or countries whose residents follow another religion that we are not allowed to mention/
 
2013-02-16 01:29:36 AM

Equilibrist: Kyosuke: Well, reportedly he began crying shortly after the very first time he touched a vagina.

He was expelled.  What reaction would you expect?


"I suppose it all began when I came out of the womb. I looked back up at my mother and thought to myself, 'That's the last time I'm going up one of those.'"
-Stephen Fry
 
2013-02-16 01:39:02 AM

FLMountainMan: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.


I think it's more that he's playing for a third tier team, which means his career is already on the down swing.
 
2013-02-16 03:42:16 AM
In before TheKnownUniverse
 
2013-02-16 04:29:08 AM

BigJake: Kyosuke: AdolfOliverPanties: Wow. He found out who he was early.

Well, reportedly he began crying shortly after the very first time he touched a vagina.

that's every soccer player


In the vagina's defense, she totes tripped him.
 
2013-02-16 05:20:55 AM

Crewmannumber6: Here's hoping he gets support from his teammates and the public, like that English rugby player did


You mean Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas.

Good for him. If more people could be true to themselves the world would be a slightly better place
 
2013-02-16 07:04:14 AM

kevinatilusa: Crewmannumber6: Here's hoping he gets support from his teammates and the public, like that English rugby player did

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/u-s-players-rally-behind-ro bb ie-rogers-on-twitter/


Absolutely awesome, thanks for the link! FB'ed so I can piss off all of my uber-conservative counsins.
 
2013-02-16 10:29:58 AM

desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.


Never heard of him. He's probably retiring because nobody wants him
 
2013-02-16 12:27:09 PM
His MLS (US league for those that may not follow soccer) rights were traded to Chicago. Robbie voiced his displeasure on twitter.

I strongly suspect the retirement part of this is to find a way to get Chicago to relinquish his rights. At 25 he can take some time off. He's a good player with a bright future. I hope he returns to MLS, hopefully he goes to play for his old coach Sigi Schmidt in Seattle.

/EBFG
 
2013-02-16 01:21:36 PM
FTFA:
If Rogers returns to the game, he almost surely would have "a target on his back," Testo said, noting that soccer - like society at large, he added - has made progress, but is far from universal acceptance of homosexuality

Is there "universal acceptance" of anything? I seriously doubt that he would have a target on his back in MLS, unless he played for the Fire.Nobody cares if your are gay or not when you play for Chicago, they just hate you by default. Piss on the Fire.
Go Revs!
 
2013-02-16 04:37:57 PM
He was a really talented promising player.  However, last season at Leeds, his injuries kept him off the field which why he ended up at Stevenage.  He still has a lot of promise.  The locker room in the UK is much more homophobic then in the US (see support from US players).  He should continue to play in the MLS, where there isn't the derogatory tabloids, fans, and fellow players.  He still has a lot to offer.

He was offered a job at the UK version of Men's Fitness, so he has that going for him right now.  I'd like to see him continue to play, he'd be a pioneer, and a role model.
 
2013-02-16 05:28:48 PM
Well it wasn't long ago he was doing this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZBLKrzseiA

He may have been at the fringes of the national team, but he had the skills that would make any MLS team want him.  He could have come back and had a lot more productive years in him if he could keep the injuries away.  Pretty sure he wouldn't have had any problems with opponent's supporter's groups.  A number of them have flown gay-pride flags and anti-homophobia/racism banners in the last couple seasons.
 
2013-02-17 11:05:51 AM

rynthetyn: FLMountainMan: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.

I think it's more that he's playing for a third tier team, which means his career is already on the down swing.




You don't follow soccer, do you? He's a great player.
 
2013-02-17 11:07:25 AM

MugzyBrown: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

Never heard of him. He's probably retiring because nobody wants him




LOL, you must not follow the MLS then, if you've never heard of him. He could start for any MLS team.
 
2013-02-17 11:09:51 AM

Longtime Lurker: Well it wasn't long ago he was doing this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZBLKrzseiA

He may have been at the fringes of the national team, but he had the skills that would make any MLS team want him.  He could have come back and had a lot more productive years in him if he could keep the injuries away.  Pretty sure he wouldn't have had any problems with opponent's supporter's groups.  A number of them have flown gay-pride flags and anti-homophobia/racism banners in the last couple seasons.




That's your example of his skill? lol....wow.....a 10 year old could have done that....
 
2013-02-17 06:15:00 PM

giftedmadness: rynthetyn: FLMountainMan: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.

I think it's more that he's playing for a third tier team, which means his career is already on the down swing.

You don't follow soccer, do you? He's a great player.


His career is still not exactly heading in the right direction. Or would you call playing for a third tier UK team a great career position to be at when you're 25?
 
2013-02-19 02:37:23 AM

rynthetyn: giftedmadness: rynthetyn: FLMountainMan: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.

I think it's more that he's playing for a third tier team, which means his career is already on the down swing.

You don't follow soccer, do you? He's a great player.

His career is still not exactly heading in the right direction. Or would you call playing for a third tier UK team a great career position to be at when you're 25?




Leeds is in the championship......that's pretty good for a us player
 
2013-02-19 05:29:43 AM

rynthetyn: giftedmadness: rynthetyn: FLMountainMan: desertgeek: KellyKellyKelly: Gonz: OK, fine, you're gay. Got it. Point taken. Can you play? That's really all I care about.

Not anymore.  He's retiring.

And I think he might be retiring now to avoid the abuse he would get from fans and other players (and I don't just mean from opponents). If true, that's sad but understandable.

It's possible, but I think it's more likely that, after making one of the biggest decisions of his life, he'd just like some time away from his high-stress career.  He's only 25, he can afford to take a year off.

I think it's more that he's playing for a third tier team, which means his career is already on the down swing.

You don't follow soccer, do you? He's a great player.

His career is still not exactly heading in the right direction. Or would you call playing for a third tier UK team a great career position to be at when you're 25?




Also...where did I say he has had a great career? He has had too many injuries lately....
 
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