Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin took to social media forward of the group’s Satisfaction celebrations Friday to publicly claim he’s homosexual.
The 23-year-old, who began his skilled football profession with DC United as an adolescent in 2013, adopted within the footsteps of former LA Galaxy ahead Robbie Rogers in mentioning his sexuality in public.
He will be the simplest overtly homosexual male athlete lately taking part in in a big skilled U.S. sports activities league.
“This night my group, Minnesota United, is having their Satisfaction night time. It’s the most important night time for me – I’ll be saying that I’m an overtly homosexual participant in Main League Football,” Martin wrote in a long remark on Twitter. “I’ve been out as a homosexual guy for a few years to my friends and family, and this contains my team-mates.”
He endured: “As we have a good time Satisfaction night time, I wish to thank my team-mates for his or her unconditional make stronger of who I’m. In gentle of my revel in as a qualified athlete, I wish to take this second to inspire others who play sports activities professionally or in a different way to trust that game will welcome them wholeheartedly.”
Of their fit in opposition to FC Dallas on Friday, Minnesota United will mark the night time by way of dressed in jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers.
Rogers, who publicly introduced he was once homosexual in 2013 and retired from skilled football in 2016, stated Martin’s popping out was once “so, so inspiring.”
“Excellent success this season, aside from once more the @LAGalaxy,” he wrote in a tweet.
Former Brooklyn Nets big name Jason Collins got here out as homosexual all over the 2012-2013 NBA season. He was once the primary publicly homosexual athlete to play in any of the 4 primary North American professional sports activities leagues.
With the exception of Martin, there are lately no different publicly homosexual athletes taking part in within the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB.