In February 2013, former pro soccer player Robbie Rogers came out with a post on his website, saying, "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone." In the post, he also announced his retirement from the game, adding that he needed to discover himself away from soccer.
American himself, Rogers also played for a British team, and he was the second gay soccer player in Britain to publicly come out. The first, Justin Fashanu, hung himself in 1998. Rogers, when asked what may have happened if he'd come out while still playing, replied, "I don't think I would have been able to go to training the next day." After coming out, Rogers spoke with the LGBT community, meeting with college students and other groups.