Towleroad just posted this. I don’t exactly follow German
football soccer so I have no idea who he is.
In one of the more creepier quotes from the article:
Said Hitzlesperger: “It’s been a long and difficult process. Only in the last few years have I realised that I preferred living together with a man.”
I know it’s lost in translation and that Germans say things differently but something came off creepy to me.
Retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet, telling German newspaper Die Zeit that he’s gay and wants to talk publicly to raise awareness about homosexuality among professional athletes, the Guardian reports:
In England, Italy and Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room…I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays. You let them get on with it as long as the jokes are somewhat funny and not too insulting…Being gay is topic that is ‘ignored’ in football and not ‘a serious topic in the changing room’. Fighting spirit, passion and winning mentality are intrinsically linked, that doesn’t fit the cliché: ‘Gays are soft’.“
Ok, enough comedy. Congratulations to Thomas.