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Out L.A. Galaxy player Robbie Rogers stopped by Chelsea Lately last night to talk about how he came out, the upcoming Sochi Olympics and what should happen (he doesn't want a boycott) and what it's like now for him in the locker room.

Joked Rogers: "The guys are nothing but supportive. They make jokes when we're in the shower, if the lights are off they'll be like, 'I wonder why the lights are off, you know, Robbie's coming in the shower.'"

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  1. Love him, what a great guy

    Posted by: bructer | Aug 23, 2013 2:03:15 PM


  2. How could you NOT love, Robbie?!! He's adorable!!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Aug 23, 2013 2:17:32 PM


  3. Athletic, handsome and personable, Three for Three!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 23, 2013 2:21:19 PM


  4. He was great. Chelsea should let him guest host the show.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 23, 2013 2:40:47 PM


  5. I like him, too, but I do wish he had taken the opportunity to talk about why there's such a controversy right now with the Olympics. Talk about the Russian law and the policies that are suppressing any discussion or openness about being gay. Talk about the IOC's hypocrisy in telling the athletes not to engage in freedom of expression despite the IOC charter.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Aug 23, 2013 2:54:41 PM


  6. Such a gifted, beautiful man and I don't even watch sports. Lovely to look at :)

    Posted by: Matteo | Aug 23, 2013 2:55:14 PM


  7. He is incredibly cute but I disagree with him completely about boycotting the Olympics. He's an athlete and they love the sports limelight. It's in their ego and to deprive them of running around in front of the cameras is inconceivable to them. Athletes should have little say in the matter and the fact that they are willing to sacrifice their own gay brothers and sisters is almost inconceivable.

    Stephen Fry said it best, (Putin) "is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews", and that "Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] Russians. Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law."

    How any athlete can not take that into consideration is selfish and they should be the first to stand up to Russia and say no, we won't participate as long as you seek to destroy our fellow citizens.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 23, 2013 4:24:32 PM


  8. I understand his point regarding a boycott. I remember the 1980 boycott as I was a gymnast at the time. I was just a kid but recall the disappointment for Guys like Kurt Thomas an Bart Conner who had trained year round 6 to 8 hours a day their entire childhood and teen years for the chance to compete for two weeks. Back then the guys usually had one shot, one Olympics and the boycott killed their life's work, to that point in life. Lots of discussion after that period occurred around how to remove the Politics from the games. Obviously we still haven't figured it out.

    Agreed, that we need to make Russia feel some pain regarding their horrendous laws but the Olympics may not be the right venue for that. If the world boycotted the 36' Olympics would that have changed the path Germany took? Absolutely not, the only thing that will get Russia's attention is to hit their GDP in a substantial manner through direct boycott of major industries and products leaving Russia.

    Posted by: Jason B. | Aug 23, 2013 5:56:22 PM


  9. he's great! come play for DC united so I can watch you more often!

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 23, 2013 6:29:12 PM


  10. Seems like a cool guy- and I agree that boycotting the Olympics will only make the Evil Empire look bad.

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 23, 2013 6:36:49 PM


  11. If we boycott the Olympics we deny billions of dollars to Russia - how painful is that? If we boycott the advertisers supporting the Russian Olympics we deny them billions of dollars - so painful they will withdraw. I can't believe the greed of NBC. Whining that "I trained for four years" is petty - they can train for another 4 years and still have the opportunity to win a medal. Not attending the Olympics is not the end of the world. I remember when we boycotted the Olympics and how sobering that was to the world - and that boycott carried us all the way to today. Someone needs to cut Putin off at the knees and boycotting the Olympics is the best way to do that.

    Posted by: Hudson Johns | Aug 23, 2013 8:53:06 PM


  12. He's adorable.
    Love Chelsea Handler!

    Posted by: bravo | Aug 23, 2013 8:58:45 PM


  13. Hudson Johns doesn't seem to care that the athletes who are going have trained tirelessly for ages and if the Olympics are canceled they've put in their efforts for nothing.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Aug 23, 2013 9:24:59 PM


  14. Joseph Singer, explain why an athlete's game-playing is more important than the lives and safety of gay men and women in Russia?

    Posted by: James | Aug 23, 2013 11:32:33 PM


  15. Yup, he's adorable.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 24, 2013 9:56:50 AM


  16. He could be the most adorably attractive person alive. Adorable is exactly the word.

    I do disagree with him on Sochi. Much is made of the 1936 Olympics and that how we went there with teammates Germany was cracking down against and won made some kind of major statement, but that statement was only a self-congratulatory pat on the back, and one that is more retrospective than anything.

    Going to the 1936 Olympics not only didn't prevent or slow down Germany from anything it was doing, but it in a way enabled Germany and fascism across the world.

    I don't know what the impact will be in this case -- it hasn't happened yet and the situations aren't exactly the same. But if anyone thinks Russia is going to be moved to reason because we have out gay athletes and allies in the game who may be moved to some small measure of action (rainbow pins or nail polish, speaking out in support of LGBT rights to the press there, etc.)

    I think it's highly naive to think Russia will be moved to any action -- and, indeed, Russia has control of its press in their country and will ensure no major statements of support are covered, unless they're covered in a way that further's Putin's causes, making us look bad.

    So, I do disagree with the notion athletes have about these Olympics. I get that someone like Robbie Rogers has a full understanding of just how hard Olympians work and that Rogers didn't want to see the athletes punished, and a boycott/cancelling of the games would stink to high heavens for the athletes. However, while it's a big price to pay, it's worth it when we know there's every reason to suspect LGBT people and their allies could have their very lives put in danger by going to Russia, and while athletes may have some degree of protection and insulation, the fans won't.

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 24, 2013 1:34:32 PM


  17. Robbie's right. And instead of boycotting the Olympics, we should be out convincing companies like Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Siemens, Cisco, etc. to be pull their investments out of Moscow's "technology hub," which the country hopes will become their "Silicon Valley."


    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-16/intel-to-ibm-feel-putin-pinch-as-medvedev-loses-hold-on-tech-hub.html

    Posted by: Fox | Aug 24, 2013 2:21:36 PM


  18. Delay the games one year and hold them in Canada where the facilities are available. Why give Russia all the money spectators will spend to tend?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Aug 24, 2013 9:41:16 PM


  19. Wow! I want to adopt his babies. Does he have clones. Where can I meet one?

    Posted by: Herman | Aug 24, 2013 10:24:40 PM


  20. Boycott the games and boycott the sponsors. Why can't you do both? If Robbie plays in the games, how does that help the lives of gay Russians? If Robbie wins a medal, how does that help the lives of gay Russians? It doesn't. It helps Robbie, so of course he doesn't want to boycott anything, it all comes down to his potential future earnings.

    Posted by: Donald | Aug 25, 2013 10:39:42 AM


  21. The arguments against a boycott of the games by athletes are weak.

    We should remember that in the 1936 Olympics we might have had Jesse Owens but there were Jewish athletes who couldn't participate, likely because of pressure from the Nazi regime. That was true of the U.S. and many, many other countries. You might say that LGBT athletes are still competing at Sochi, but openly LGBT athletes are not being welcome. I wonder: if a Jewish athlete in 1936 could have hidden being Jewish and been able to participate in the Olympics, and not said anything about what was happening in Germany, would we have really cared about how much practice time that athlete put in each day? Wouldn't we judge someone like that somewhat unkindly, and wouldn't the Jewish community in particular feel pretty betrayed by that person?

    We should also remember that all athletes are also human beings first. How many people engage in important work that requires massive commitments of time and energy every day, but never gain the notoriety or adulation afforded by the Olympics? People make choices about the paths they take, and about how they define their own happiness and success. If you need to participate in some event or win some honor to feel like you have meaning from life then that's pretty sad. Most of us have probably worked very hard for something at some point in life and been unable to realize it for some reason or other. A lot of times it's because of the curve balls life throws (illness, death, etc.) and we can't do much about it. But I think it'd feel a lot better knowing that you made that kind of sacrifice voluntarily to take a stand on something that is important, especially when weighed against being a statistic in some recorded history of sport.

    I get that when you're in the midst of working toward something that it's hard to take off the blinders and see the bigger picture. But hopefully our community and its allies can figure out some way to not waste the historical opportunity presented by these games.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 29, 2013 10:16:57 AM


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