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Robbie Rogers: groundbreaking soccer player and … writer?

Sep 7, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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LA Galaxy winger Robbie Rogers is injured but still making some news this week. Rogers revealed via Twitter today that he has written the foreword for a just-published book on Justin Fashanu, whose wandering 20-year career is best known perhaps for the early stops at Nottingham Forest (under legendary manager Brian Clough) and Notts County.

And he was gay.

Some see Rogers as a pioneer for his decision to come out; he says the late Fashanu, who died in 1998, was the true pioneer.

Obviously, this isn’t the only piece of high-profile prose penned by Rogers; he chose that powerful post on his own blog last February to announce to the world that he was gay, and retiring (for then) from professional soccer.

Here’s the Amazon review of Nick Baker’s book Forbidden Forward: The Justin Fashanu Story.

Abused and ridiculed first for his colour, then his religion and finally for his sexuality, life was never easy for Justin Fashanu. When it ended in tragedy, death was far from simple either for the former sporting icon, Britain’s first black GBP1 million footballer and the first and, to date, only English player to confess to being gay. Meticulously researched and drawing upon exclusive interviews and never before seen documents and photographs NICK BAKER’S sensitive but brutally candid portrait reveals the truth behind this troubled soul, his untimely death and sensationally names the people who were to blame for it.

  1. hildezero - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I’ve actually seen a documentary show about blacks in English soccer on CNN En Español and he was one of the players they talked about, but they never mentioned that he was gay.

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