Football legend Thierry Henry, who played for Arsenal and Barcelona and now works as an analyst for Sky Sports, spoke with Sky News about recent reports that two Premier League footballers are ready to come out of the closet.
Henry thinks it’s time, and he’s tired of the media making it a problem by asking if it is one:
“When I was in MLS, Robbie Rogers came out and said he was, and the first question, as you can imagine, everybody was asking me. I said, ‘For me it is not a problem, but making it a problem becomes a problem.’ Going around asking ‘do you think it’s right?. do you think it’s wrong?,’ well, in the society we are living in, it’s OK. It’s normal. So why are we making it a problem? For me it’s not a problem. I can play with you.”
“It’s not a problem, we’re ultimately there to do a job. Whatever you believe in, whatever you do, it’s not my problem. That’s your prerogative…People are sometimes making it too much of a problem. It should be okay by now. We’re living in a different time, different world and people should accept that…I think it’s great, I think it’s great for the game, we’re going forward, it’s great for anyone, for any human being..If you are confident enough to come and say it and then live with it and embrace it, then do it.”
He also rejected concerns about the locker room:
“If I was in a dressing room, that guy would still have been my teammate and I would still give him the ball, and I would still see him the same way, still go out with him. We’re all human beings at the end of the day, so it doesn’t really bother me.”