Next Game

Mansfield v Leeds

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Last Game

Guiseley 0 - 2 Leeds

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Rogers shocked by support

Former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers admitted that he didn't think it was possible to come out as gay while in the game, but is confident the time will come when footballers can be open about being gay.

Last Updated: 19/12/13 at 12:30 Post Comment

Robbie Rogers: Has not ruled out a return to English football

Robbie Rogers: Has not ruled out a return to English football

Rogers came out in January this year, after being released from Leeds, but has only just opened up about his initial concerns.

His departure from the sport was shortlived as he returned to training for LA Galaxy three months later.

And the LA Galaxy winger claimed that if he had known about how much support he would have received from the football community before coming out, he wouldn't have stepped away from football.

"At the moment when I came out I didn't think it was possible," Rogers said.

"After I came out and then received all the support I went back to football in the United States, I do believe that if I had the courage at that moment then I could have.

"I've had so much support from the Leeds supporters, from the moment I got there until I came out and left.

"Even now when I do interviews they've supported me so I'm not expecting anything different."

And the 26-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of a return to English soil, after being taken by surprise at the positive response from supporters.

However, even though the midfielder said he has received the same amount of support for his homosexuality in the US, he is aware that the spotlight falls heavily on players in baseball and basketball in America, instead of soccer players.

"Again everyone is very supportive, pretty much everywhere in the United States wherever I play people have been supportive," Rogers said.

"I think there isn't as big of a spotlight, football is big in the US but it's not our number one sport so I would compare more to football here in the UK to baseball or basketball, so there's a huge spotlight that builds a bit more fear I guess.

"This time last year I thought I'd never play again, that it just wasn't possible, and then I went back. So I guess I'd never say never, everything is possible at this point. Like I said I think it would have been possible for me to come out here if I realised what it would be like."

Rogers admitted that he does not envy the current attention on Olympian Tom Daley, who admitted he was in a relationship with a man earlier this month via YouTube, but he said he would not have done it in the same way.

"I don't know Tom, I've heard great things about him. I don't envy him, the spotlight that's on him, being such a great Olympian, has got to be really tough," said Rogers.

"I did it in a different way, I wrote and thought about it. I wouldn't have wanted to do it on YouTube but everyone has their way. I'm happy for him that he can now have a relationship he doesn't have to hide, that will make him a better athlete and person."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager of Brazil after World Cup semi-final exit

Brazil have appointed Dunga as their new national team manager following the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Transfer News: Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez from Monaco in £63million deal

Real Madrid have signed Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco in a £63million deal.

Friendly: Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere score in Newcastle victory

Debutant Emmanuel Riviere was amongst the scorers as Newcastle cruised to an emotional 4-0 friendly win over Sydney FC.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property