Gisteren nog meldden we dat hij nog steeds speelt bij de voetbalclub L.A. Galaxy. Vandaag werd bekendgemaakt dat daar binnenkort een einde aan komt. Robbie Rogers gaat met voetbalpensioen.

Voor hij in 2013 zijn contract tekende in L.A. speelde Robbie Rogers onder andere bij SC Heerenveen in Friesland. Toen hij in 2013  bekendmaakte dat hij homoseksueel was, besloot hij te stoppen met voetbal, om later dus toch weer door te gaan. Maar nu is het definitief: Robbie stopt er helemaal mee. Hij schrijft hierover dat hij gemengde gevoelens heeft over dit besluit.

Robbie woont met zijn verloofde en zijn zoon in L.A. De afgelopen jaren berichtten we regelmatig over hem en zullen dat ook blijven doen. Vandaag maken we een ererondje door zijn Instagram-account. Go Robbie!

 

As a young boy I dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player and representing my country in front of the world. But as a teenager I grew more and more consumed by fear and shame. And sadly, at some point the scared kid inside me decided that pursuing my dream meant sacrificing a part of myself and hiding my sexuality from the world instead of embracing it. My happiest years as a player are the ones where I could walk through the stadium at the end of games down the tunnel to my partner and son waiting for me at the other end. And my only regret in my eleven year career are the years I spent in the closet. I wish I could have found the courage that so many young individuals have shared with me in the past five years to live honestly and openly as a gay person. These are the young people that inspired me to overcome my fears and return to playing. They’re still the kids that send me letters every week. To those kids, I say thank you. My proudest accomplishment in my career is helping to create a more open sport for you. None of this would have been possible without my teammates and brothers on and off the field, without the LA Galaxy and Bruce Arena who saw me as another player and not a distraction, or without the fans who judged me for my work ethic and my play and not my sexuality. And finally, it couldn’t have been possible without my family, who loved me through all of my ups and downs and always supported my dreams and still do. Lastly to all of the women and men who are still frightened to share their truth with the world, I’d encourage you to come out. By sharing who you are you will not only be improving your own life but inspiring and literally saving the lives of young people across the world. You deserve to take that same walk, down the players tunnel and have your own partner or loved ones waiting for you. Again thank you to everyone who watched or help me follow these dreams. I could never have imagined the happiness I’ll take with me into retirement and into my next chapter.

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