Robbie Rogers: No Gay Soccer Players Have Reached Out To Me
LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers acknowledges that while he's received a huge amount of support following his decision to come out as gay back in February, no other gay soccer players have reached out.
Robbie tells BBC:
"I haven't received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues," he said.
He thinks that is because players are too scared to do so.
"I've received phone calls and I've spoken with all my friends here in the UK and around the world that have supported me, but I haven't had one message from a [gay] footballer," he told BBC Newsnight.
"It reminds me of the fear that I had - you remember that atmosphere and how it made you feel. It just shows there's a huge problem.
"What do you do to change that, do you try to support them to create an environment that would support them to come out and they would feel comfortable in? It's really tough."
So what do you think? Is it fear that's keeping other gay soccer players from coming out or even reaching out to the sport's one openly gay player? Is it possible there are no other closeted players currently playing the game?
How do we work to make the environment safer for players to feel like they can be open?