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Old 08-03-2014, 15:34
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Whoever it is, why don't they just come out now? Waiting for a specific day will just create more drama than if he'd just got it over quickly and quietly with would it not?
I would bet my house this is a lie....And i don't own a house :P
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Old 08-03-2014, 16:00
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if it was to be anyone who would it be? I can't think of anyone who comes across as camp or whatever, the only possibilities maybe Joe Hart or Adam Lallana (not even sure the last one even played on Wednesday)
I would guess Joeleon Lescott, Jermain Jenas or Aaron Lennon
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Old 08-03-2014, 16:13
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He's married with a child

Both of which occured after his career was basically/officially over

If it was bearding, he'd have done it at the peak of his powers and the peak of the rumours
I haven't followed football for years, can you tell?
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Old 08-03-2014, 16:19
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It's not just the press though, is it? Gay rights groups would be all over him to act as some kind of spokesperson and symbol.
Not really. The time when we needed people to blaze a trail then perpetually become the "Gay" version of whatever it is they are have pretty much passed. Tom Daley has not become the "Gay" High Board Diver. Gareth Thomas is not the "Gay" ex Rugby international.

A gay top flight footballer would be news, but amongst the LGBT communities that person would be initially applauded and welcomed, then quickly become defined by what they do rather than their orientation. Because every member of our communities is also the LGBT version of what we do. To us, the orientation is nothing special.

Besides, the only thing special about this particular individual would be that they are in the Premiership. There are other professional footballers that have already come out.
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:12
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You don't think it's sad a player can't just live their life (as they were genetically prepositioned to do) without it causing a tabloid frenzy?

Football really is 30 years behind the rest of the media world, isn't it?
Well said. That this is even considered an 'issue', true or not, is troubling.
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:28
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Normally someone coming out would be followed by cries of "Is this news". For once I think it would be. An England Player,before a World Cup, would be HUGE news!

Gareth Thomas was retired, Tom Daley probably wasn't really a shock and diving isn't football. Football is seen a "man's" sport, so it would break down some barriers. I'll be very interested if a player does come out,
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:32
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Imagine if it were David Beckham though LOL
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:34
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I'll be very interested if a player does come out,
Liam Davis, who plays in the Conference, already did, as did ex-Leeds player Robbie Rogers.

Unfortunately though our media's utter obsession with the Premiership rather than the rest of the game means that a player will only be "first" if he happens to play for a Premiership club. Celeb culture nonsense all in all.
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:52
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Yes, sorry but what I meant was an England player before a world cup. Robbie's on the cover of attitude this month but he's not the level of game as this guy would be, if true
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Old 08-03-2014, 17:57
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Gareth Thomas was retired
He had retired from rugby union, he went on to play rugby league for the Crusaders as an out gay man.
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Old 08-03-2014, 18:09
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Imagine if it were David Beckham though LOL
There have been rumours for years about DB.
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Old 08-03-2014, 18:13
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There have been rumours for years about DB.
And according to a lot of them he is very into women and many of them
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Old 08-03-2014, 18:50
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And according to a lot of them he is very into women and many of them
Men too.
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Old 08-03-2014, 18:57
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There have been rumours for years about DB.
Understandably.

Long-stable marriage to a woman. Fathering multiple children with her.


The signs are all there
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Old 08-03-2014, 19:12
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Understandably.

Long-stable marriage to a woman. Fathering multiple children with her.


The signs are all there
Actually the stories about men came from before he even met Victoria.
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Old 08-03-2014, 19:16
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I knew David was just faking it with that stick insect
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Old 08-03-2014, 19:18
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He had retired from rugby union, he went on to play rugby league for the Crusaders as an out gay man.
But in comparison in comparing that to an England footballer about to go into the World Cup
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Old 08-03-2014, 19:26
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In reality the first Premiership player to come out will probably do so the day after he retires from football.

Its also a remarkable marketing tool to make money after your career is over - look at Gareth Thomas for example. He would just be another retired Welsh rugby player - coming out has led to an extensive reality and media career.

Clearly there must logically be loads of gay premiership players - but they aren't going to come out while they are still playing and certainly not before a world cup. Cos the world isn't really that liberal - and footie fans aren't all that pc and progressive.

But do it at retirement - and they will make loadsamoney!
A premier league player has already come out shortly after retirement. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...unces-gay.html

Ok, he's German but was well known over here as he played for several top clubs
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Old 08-03-2014, 19:57
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Actually the stories about men came from before he even met Victoria.

What stories
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Old 08-03-2014, 20:54
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But in comparison in comparing that to an England footballer about to go into the World Cup
I wasn't comparing the two, just clarifying.
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Old 08-03-2014, 21:08
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How disappointing that somebody decided to open a thread about this.
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Old 08-03-2014, 21:11
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Understandably.

Long-stable marriage to a woman. Fathering multiple children with her.


The signs are all there
Sounds like Oscar Wilde!
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Old 08-03-2014, 21:12
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How disappointing that somebody decided to open a thread about this.
Nobody forced you to open the thread.
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Old 08-03-2014, 21:15
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He had retired from rugby union, he went on to play rugby league for the Crusaders as an out gay man.
And would of gone on to play for Wigan if his partner hadn't got very ill... A lovely man met him a few times
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Old 08-03-2014, 21:19
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And would of gone on to play for Wigan if his partner hadn't got very ill... A lovely man met him a few times
That's good to hear.

He came over as just lovely on CBB and DOI.
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