Robbie Rogers, a U.S. soccer player best known for his stint with the Columbus Crew, announced that he’s gay, and that he’s taking a break from the sport.
The 25-year-old midfielder wrote a blog post entry on Feb. 15 on his website where he explains his decision to come out of the closet, and his hiatus from soccer at the peak of his career.
He shared the post on Facebook and Twitter:
“Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently,” he wrote.
And goes on: “Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.”
Rogers got his breakthrough while playing for the Columbus Crew in the MLS league between the 2007 and 2011 seasons. He was eventually called to be part of the U.S. national team and played 18 games representing his country.
He was then signed by British soccer club Leeds United to play in the English second division, where he didn’t the coach’s expectations and was released this February, just days before he announced he was gay.
Rogers is now one of a handful of England-based professional soccer players to come out as gay, according to Goal.com.
Read Rogers heartfelt confession, here.