Friday, February 15, 2013

One small step to a giant leap

I was out and about doing stuff, so I caught this stand-up post by Robbie Rogers late. This type of news doesn't really faze me or make a difference in my view of a person when it happens, but I'm very happy for him that he can simply be himself now. Hopefully, his departure from soccer is temporary and way more about becoming comfortable being who he is than any fear of shabby treatment inside the game.

I also look forward to the day that stuff like this isn't seen as a big deal. And thanks to Robbie, I think we're just a bit closer to that time than we were yesterday,





- Greg Seltzer

23 comments:

J.D. Springer said...

I hope he's not letting some ignorant people run him out of the game if he still wants to play. Maybe this is his way of seeing if somebody has the guts to offer him a contract knowing his situation rather than springing it on a club he's already with and making things uncomfortable for his teammates.

Regardless, he did something that not many people would have the courage to do. For that, I have to applaud him.

over there said...

I hope everyone realizes that the has no obligation to be the heroic gay forerunner in the game. If he wants to be that historic figure in the US, I think he will have a lot of support, but I also don't feel like we should attempt to obligate the guy into that role. Let him sort his life out, one way or another.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ JD Springer: I took it as him saying he needed some time to just be Robbie. I hope this is not a retirement (unless of course that is what he wants).


@ over there: I'd assume Robbie understands that he somewhat obligated himself in that role. Surely, he was aware of being the highest profile American soccer player to come out when he did it.

Jamie said...

Fair play to Robbie Rogers for having the courage to come out publicly as a professional athlete, and best of luck to him in his future endeavors. I hope he feels free to return to the game in the future, should he decide to do so; I'm sure he'd find any number of clubs who'd welcome him with open arms.

Greg Seltzer said...

Chicago, who hold his rights, have already made a public statement welcoming him if he chooses to return to MLS.

heythisisrobbie said...

Out of curiosity, was this something his close friends / teammates already knew?

Good for him. Hopefully his bravery helps others be themselves as well.

Greg Seltzer said...

He wrote that some knew, but the impression I got that it wasn't very many. That's just how I read it, so don't take my take as gospel.

dikranovich said...

surely michael bradley knew.

Timmy said...

Well put, Greg. Your second paragraph in particular really captures it for me. Along the same lines, I liked this Eddie Pope tweet "Brave men like you will make it so 1 day there's no need for an announcement. That day can't arrive soon enough."

Best to Robbie, and hope we see him on the field again.

Jay said...

Big step from the kid. I wonder if he's talked with Megan Rapinoe -- there was basically no commentary on it when she came out this past summer. That said, I think it speaks volumes about the differences between men's and women's athletics.

dikranovich said...

robbies tweet to megan rapinoe yesterday "just getting some sh@t off my chest."

what a cute couple they make.

Jay said...

Goddamn it, dik. You're the reason why I reconsider, every single time, whether or not I really want to post a comment here. Why should I bother posting if you're just going to kill any actual conversation with infantile, insulting shit like this?

Paul Poenicke said...

Come on, Greg. That last post by Dik is disgusting. There is a place for humor but that is inappropriate and rude.

Greg Seltzer said...

I actually missed that one. Anything you'd like to amend there before the leash snaps, dikranovich? Pretty sure you're well aware I won't welcome this sort of crap.

dikranovich said...

are you guys crazy or something? jay asked a question, and i responded by quoting RR's tweet to rapinoe. it seemed like the quote maybe could give some answers.

the irony here is that just the other day jay made the comment to greg about taking people at face value when we were talking about timmy chamdler.

Jacob Klinger said...

No, the irony is that you take this beautiful game that has the power to unite and empower so many people, and play on tensions of race, ethnicity, hyper-nationalism and sexuality any chance you get.

dikranovich said...

in related news, michael bradley came off the bench today to help roma secure three points against the italian table toppers, juventus.

pirlo, what a wonderful player!!! he is probably a heck of a good guy also.

Lampard in the End Zone said...

Dikranovich - Repinoe retweeted Robbie's tweet, he did not send it to her. Posting "they make a cute couple" is insulting and tasteless.

Most of the time your inane and non-sequitur posts provide some comedy to any discussion. I wish that Greg would ban you for a while so you can actually think before you post.

dikranovich said...

lampard, i must say i thought the quote was sent to rapinoe from robbie, but i dont know, this uptight attitude, is really more part of the problem, then the solution.

my friend comes over to play fifa 13 and my wife says, darling, your boyfriend is here. ive never felt like she was insulting me. and my friend is a hairstylist, but he is british.

people, robbie rogers coming out, it is not something for banners and this and that. it was a personal choice, probably long over due, and it is all about robbie being true to himself and finding himself. all the other stuff is just a bunch of BS.

dikranovich said...

this is a quote from mike magee, and its not off twitter, so i know it is good. "if he were to come into the locker room and somebody else treated him poorly, i think that guy would be the outcast more than the gay guy."

i understand what mike is trying to say, but at the same time there is also an implication in his quote that still a gay player would be outcast. maybe you could call it a freudian slip. colin clark referring to rogers said, "his sexuality wouldnt change my opinion about him"

Greg Seltzer said...

Ummm, no. You are not now going to pick apart the comments of others finding imaginary problems.

BTM said...

I just want to know which state allows thirteen year-olds to marry.

dikranovich said...

it is fair to note that colin clark was suspended this past season by MLS for a homophobic slur against a ball boy. he did apologize. on twitter.