November 11th, 2011
David Testo: One Step Forward
Images via canadiansoccernews, wikipedia.
Former Montreal Impact MVP David Testo announced yesterday that he is gay.
The midfielder, who also played for Columbus Crew and the Vancouver Whitecaps, was cut from the Impact’s roster a month ago, and said in his statement that he regrets not coming out publicly earlier. He has apparently struggled with the issue for his entire career.
This may not appear particularly newsworthy to anyone to not obsessed with the intimate details of footballers lives (yay us!). But the story has attracted wider attention than that of say, Anton Hysen, because Testo’s sexuality was apparently common knowledge among his friends, colleagues and even his club prior to signing him.
The dressing room reaction is frequently cited as a reason why gay players prefer to keep their sexuality a secret. Fortunately, as time passes and the species evolves, this attitude among footballers seems to be less prevalent. If it wasn’t for a certain section of fans and their neanderthal attitudes, we might expect to see more elite professionals coming out in the next few years.
Sadly we think there’s some way to go before this happens. Especially since it seems that some people still have a problem with black guys playing football.