Mulling the implications of Richard Chaplow’s denial of using homophobic slurs towards Robbie Rogers
It’s been a week.
A weekend of soccer was nearly over when Robbie Rogers dropped a social media bombshell: that a player for the Orange County Blues FC repeatedly called him a “queer” as he returned from injury with the LA Galaxy II Saturday night.
He described his anger turning to calm and his post-game gratitude for playing in an environment where such an incident has never happened over the last three years. My feelings mirrored his as I mulled over his post. Any use of speech grounded in hate angers me, but reading Rogers’ post full of poise and grace calmed me. And like Robbie I was grateful to be part of a soccer community that has often stood with the LGBT community, including responding appropriately to homophobic language whether it be fans’ goal kick chants or players’ schoolyard taunts on the pitch.