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Robbie Rogers gives first TV interview; CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to the former U.S. winger

Apr 16, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT


The awful events Monday in Boston necessarily overshadowed what would have been a newsy moment in domestic soccer as Robbie Rogers spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in his first TV interview since the former U.S. soccer player came out and retired in February.

Rogers granted two separate interviews last month, one with the Guardian UK and one with the New York Times’ Sam Borden. But Monday’s interview with Cooper

In one part of the interview (the CNN video clip is here), Rogers tells Cooper why he was reluctant to come out while still active as a professional player.

I felt like I couldn’t play and come out. I thought it would be too emotional for me, it would be a circus. I just thought it would be very difficult … the impact on the team, with the media showing up every day. Just dealing with all that stuff … and then trying to perform in professional sports. It’s taxing. I’m glad it did it this way.”

Meanwhile, former Columbus Crew icon Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Rogers’ teammate for four seasons and the man who led Columbus to the 2008 MLS Cup crown, is encouraging Rogers get back into the professional game.

  1. reeggss - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    OMG, I have been so looking forward to the Robbie Rogers interview.

  2. dfstell - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I hope he plays again, but I can understand what he’s talking about. He seems like such a decent guy that I’d bet he’d be more worried about the distractions for his teammates. Nobody would want their teammates to have to answer 50 million questions about what it was like to have you on the team, how the locker room responded, have they talked to you privately, etc., etc. He’s right that there would have been a media circus in every town.

  3. jpan007 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    good luck

  4. seanb20124 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    How come O’reilly did not get first crack

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