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Robbie Rogers: It’s Been 4 Years & There’s Not Another Gay Soccer Player


The out soccer star admits how frustrating it is that he's still the only openly gay athlete in his league. 

Queen of dry wit and drier martinis Chelsea Handler is back with a new Netflix talk show, Chelsea, following the success of her docu-series Chelsea Does... and, of course, her former E! show Chelsea Lately. On her sixth episode, which became available for streaming today, out-and-proud soccer star Robbie Rogers stopped by the studio to talk about his frustrations with the lack of openly gay athletes in his league and in the world.

When Handler asked Rogers about his feelings on closeted fellow sportsmen and women, he explaind: "It frustrates me... after I initially came out, and played with the Galaxy, I was like, 'Ok, more people will come out. It's just kind of becoming the norm'... And now it's been four years--this is my fourth season--and there's not another gay soccer player in the MLS."

Rogers and sports journalist Bill Plaschke cited fear of teammate and fan reactions as a major reason for athletes choosing to remain in the closet.

The soccer icon remains hopeful. "It will change eventually. Our world's changing. The United States is changing."

Check out the clip below.

Chelsea is now streaming new episodes Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on Netflix.

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