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By Charlotte Robinson, April 15, 2013
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Openly gay professional soccer player Robbie Rogers chats with ABC News correspondent Amy Robach about being gay in professional sports. The interview airs on ABC News’ “Nightline” April 15th. A former member of the U.S. National team & professional player in the UK Rogers permitted “Nightline” to travel with him as he saw his family for the first time since coming out earlier this year. Although Rogers has retired if he returns to the field in the U.S. it would make him the only openly gay player in any major league sport. When Rogers came out he stated, "I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined." He added in his Nightline interview, "It’s hard to describe the feeling but you go to work thinking, I hope no one figures I’m gay. Guys on your team are your best friends. If you’re not the same as them, you’re an outcast." Asked if he heard homophobic slurs in the locker room, he answered, "All the time I heard gay slurs hanging out with friends in high school & everywhere, so that discourages you." Watch Video:

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