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article imageRobbie Rogers: Young openly gay soccer star inspires sitcom idea

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 23, 2014 in Sports
Stranger things have happened but, apparently, the life of Robbie Rogers, the professional soccer player who came out as gay early last year, has inspired an idea for a new sitcom, it has been revealed.
According to Deadline, Universal Television has signed the rights and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan — the men responsible for producing the 2007 musical, Hairspray, and the two most recent Oscar telecasts — are keen to “develop the series” through their company, Storyline Entertainment.
Prior to publicly coming out as gay in 2013, Rogers had originally played for the University of Maryland collegiate team, helping them to win the NCAA Championship.
He then joined Holland’s Heerenveen; then spent five seasons with the US Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew.
During his time with Columbus Crew, the team won the MLS Cup and, in 2008, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The young British-born player then returned home, for a short stint with the UK football team Leeds United.
Then, on February 15, 2013, at just 25 years of age, Robbie Rogers gave a press conference to announce his retirement from the game. His reason for retiring so young, he said, was so that he could come out as gay and avoid the inevitable scrutiny that would follow from the press and soccer fans alike.
However, just two months later, after having spoken to a group of young gay people at a GLBT youth gathering, Rogers changed his mind, accepting that, as an out-gay sportsman, he could be a role model to others.
Subsequently, in May 2013, he joined LA Galaxy, thus becoming, as Deadline points out, “the first openly gay man to play in a top North American sports league.”
Of a possible show based on all of this, as Big Gay Picture Show notes, it’s early days yet but, “if all goes well, [the series] could be [ready] autumn of 2015.”
Watch this space!
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