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makes a courageous decision to go public. Hope he finds comfort in it and maybe winds up playing soccer again somewhere down the line if he changes his mind on retirement.
Robbie dominating some fools in the World Cup makes me happy, but if this is what makes him happy, absolutely the best of luck to him. Really courageous stuff.
did he say what his secret is? I assume he is gay, but he does npt really say that.
And, who cares, although if this makes him happy, great.
He says it in this paragraph:
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.
Is there a connection between coming out of the closet and retiring from soccer? I don't get why he's retiring.
Had this conversation with someone a few minutes ago...
There has yet to be a male athlete in team sports to come out during his career. The first person to do so while still playing needs to be willing to carry the torch on the issue. The world of sports is very often homophobic and male athletes are "supposed to" straight men. He is a very young guy and he probably just wants to see what else the world holds...plus he said he is "stepping away" from the sport and not necessarily retiring. Also bear in mind that he is playing abroad right now in England and Europe is not necessarily known for having a good reputation (i.e. the constant racism in soccer).
Interesting, thanks. I hope he gets to play again.
He didn't say he was retiring, he said he was "stepping away."
Don't think that totally closes the door on a return.
Go away, KA!
Also, he's been battling injuries pretty much constantly since he got to England a year or two ago. I imagine that played at least a little factor. Look at what he says though about the game, how it was his identity and what he used to essentially hide himself from others. I would think that he wants to take the time to establish himself in his new (public) identity first before even looking at his shield again.
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