German Soccer Player On Why He *Isn't* Coming Out
One German soccer player is opening up about why he isn't officially coming out as gay:
From Pink News:
Speaking to Deutche Welle, the anonymous German footballer, going by the pseudonym Nico, said: “”When you play well in a game and the crowd starts cheering your name, there’s no better feeling.
“It wasn’t worth throwing that and ten years of training away just because I like men and not women.
“By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay.
“After a training session I walked into the shower and I realised all of my teammates weren’t naked, but were wearing underpants.
“Of course I was totally shocked, and first I didn’t know why.
“Then I slowly realized: It’s because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn’t want to go to training anymore.
“That showed me that being gay just isn’t accepted in football. And that won’t change in the near future.”
Nico, who currently plays in Germany’s Under 19 Bundesliga, said that conditions had gotten worse after former West Ham and Everton player Thomas Hitzlperger came out.
It sounds like there's still progress left to be made among athletes. What do you think, Instincters?