Sports: Major League Soccer Player Comes Out
Image credit: Collin Martin’s Twitter (@martcw12)
The sports world generally isn’t considered as welcoming of gay individuals, but every year sees strides being made. Just recently, Major League Soccer player Collin Martin publicly came out as gay, making him only the second player to do so.
The Minnesota United midfielder came out via tweet, hours before a Pride night game scheduled against FC Dallas.
Part of Martin’s statement on Twitter reads: “Tonight my team Minnesota United, is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in major League Soccer. I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates…. I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay.”
Martin also assured other gay individuals in sport that a community exists that will welcome them should decide to come out, saying: “I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly.’
Read Martin’s full statement in the tweet below:
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv
— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
The only other Major League Soccer player to publicly come out was Robbie Rogers in 2013. Rogers retired from Major League Soccer last year due to injuries, making Martin the only openly gay male athlete in a major American sports organization.
Rogers has also recognized Martin’s coming out on Twitter, saying: “Love this! So so inspiring thank you Colin! Good luck this season, except against the @LAGalaxy”.
Check out the tweet below:
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) June 29, 2018
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