my name is jonas wrote:Don’t really get why they are creating an anonymous twitter hyping it up like it’s a soap opera reveal.
In this day and age does anyone really care, there are openly gay people everywhere.
The whole big reveal makes it more of a publicity stunt to get whoever it is a big front page news spread, prob a load of money from it and play on the fact he’s gay.
Whole thing seems a bit fake and set up to me.
I agree with this. Surely the manner in which the individual concerned has approached this adds to the pressure of 'coming out' which is the opposite of what gay footballers want to achieve? It isn't helping him or gay footballers and IMO it's got to be a hoax.
I'd imagine that most gay footballers would like to imagine a scenario where they reveal that they are gay and everyone just shrugs their shoulders and says big deal as that's what it should be to any person with a brain cell. No big deal. In an ideal world.
I am finding it difficult to understand why players don't want to reveal that they are homosexual anyway. Are they afraid it will affect their careers? We all know there is discrimination out there yes but just say for arguments sake that a Premier League footballer reveals he is gay and then when his contract ends he cannot even get a gig at Carlisle and he would have to end his career. I can't see that happening because the discrimination would be glaringly obvious.
Fans wouldn't be allowed (quite rightly) to chant homophobic songs at the player even though i don't doubt some would. Like with racist chanting, you'll always get one or two cretins doing it.
Perhaps the biggest pressure would be that of not knowing the reaction from team mates. I'd assume most would be supportive but you always get one or two secret homophobes that would appear supportive but underneath they harbour homophobic views.
Then there is the inevitable clamour from the media to deal with as they would love the chance to make something that shouldn't be an issue, an issue. A big one at that. It would be a circus for a while and the player involved would have to be strong enough to deal with this. Ultimately though if a player is gay then he's gay. End of story. Move on.
Regardless of all that, if a player IS gay then how the hell does he hide it from the public for the duration of his career?! He'll no doubt want to have relationships etc and someone somewhere will know or see him about with a man. How do you even manage that?