: ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs Probably One Gay Or Bi Person In Every Team‚ÄĚ (By: Watford FC Staff)
Troy Deeney believes there is at least one LGBT player in every football team and says anyone to come out in his squad would be accepted wholeheartedly for who they are.
No Premier League players are openly gay or bisexual, but the Hornets captain hopes this can change so his colleagues can feel comfortable being out before retiring from their playing careers.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre there, they‚Äôre 100 per cent there,‚ÄĚ said Deeney, talking on BBC podcast Grounded with Louis Theroux. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm interested, for the simple fact that I think there‚Äôs now a bigger platform than ever to be a gay athlete.
‚ÄúI always wonder why people finish playing football, rugby, whatever the sport may be and then go ‚ÄėI am gay‚Äô. I don‚Äôt know, because I think once it‚Äôs out there, it‚Äôs out there. I imagine it must be a real heavy load to carry throughout your sporting career.‚ÄĚ
Once the first top-flight player comes out, Deeney expects many more to follow after the initial stigma is broken down.
‚ÄúI think what people who are gay or from that community don‚Äôt want to do is shoulder that responsibility of being ‚Äėthe first‚Äô,‚ÄĚ said Deeney. ‚ÄúI think once the first comes out, there would be loads. If someone came out I genuinely believe in the first week you‚Äôd get a hundred people saying ‚Äėme too‚Äô, because they don‚Äôt want to be the face of it.
‚ÄúI would go on record to say there‚Äôs probably one gay or bi person in every football team. Just by the sheer stats and numbers that are around, the law of averages would suggest there‚Äôs got to be at least one gay footballer that‚Äôs actively playing.
Deeney understands why players might feel uncomfortable coming out in such a public environment but thinks, once the initial ice is broken, having gay and bisexual players in teams will become the new normal.
‚ÄúI can only talk if someone was to come out in a Watford dressing room with me as the captain,‚ÄĚ said the 31-year-old. ‚ÄúIf one of the lads was to come out and say ‚ÄėLads, I just want to let you know that I‚Äôm gay‚Äô, I would genuinely tell you that for a week there would be some questions like ‚ÄėCan we shower together‚Äô or ‚ÄėDo you look at me‚Äô. Genuine questions.
‚ÄúI think people might listen to this and think ‚ÄėOh well that‚Äôs probably why they don‚Äôt come out‚Äô. But genuinely people would have questions, be inquisitive, and want to know how they would want to be treated. By week two, honestly, no-one would care.‚ÄĚ