American footballer Robbie Rogers has, in one blog post, appeared to come out as a gay man and walk away from the sport of soccer. Reading his entire post is encouraged, but these are the most important bits.
Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.
I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret ... Now is my time to step away. It's time to discover myself away from football.
Clarification on both his personal and professional life will come in due course, but for now, there's only one thing to say: Good for him. Good for Rogers for having the courage to be himself and make the difficult decision to do whatever he needs to do in order to be happy in his personal life, whether that means taking a short break from soccer or leaving the game entirely.
The 25-year-old U.S. international most recently played for Stevenage in England's League One, on loan from Leeds United, and has represented the United States 18 times at senior international level. He was once one of the most promising young talents in American soccer, and had been picked by current coach Jürgen Klinsmann, both as a Columbus Crew and Leeds player.