Justin Fashanu was not gay, brother claims
The brother of England's first openly gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, has claimed that he was not gay but simply wanted attention.
Justin Fashanu (pictured) was the first million pound black footballer and took is life in 1998 at the age of 37 years, a number of years after the former Norwich City star had publicly revealed his sexuality.
His brother, John Fashanu, who was also a professional footballer having played with the likes of Wimbledon, revealed over the weekend that he did not believe Justin was gay but was actually hungry for fame and riches.
“I don’t believe he was gay. Number two, I don’t believe he had affairs with MPs and number three I don’t believe he was having an affair with one of the young ladies from Coronation Street – it was just nonsense. Showbiz,” John Fashanu said.
“If you had a brother who came out and said, ‘Hey listen, I’m gay’ we’d welcome you, say ‘No problem’.
“But if you had someone who came out and said, ‘I’m a spaceman’ when you’re not a spaceman then that’s a bit silly.”
Fashanu said soccer was a ‘macho’ game and he believes that’s the reason why no other same-sex attracted footballers have yet to come out.
“I don’t believe there will be. I’m not saying there aren’t some there, but I can tell you in twenty years of playing all my matches I have never come across a gay footballer,” he said.
John also admitted that the relationship between Justin and the rest of the family was strained leading up to his suicide.
“I had to look at my mother who had cancer at the time, I had to take the mantle of being head of the family because Justin was not acting accordingly,” he said.
“My mum could not understand for the life of her she couldn’t understand this man, her son, so I made it clear that I could do whatever’s necessary to protect my family.
“Some people might say it’s selfish, my daughter said to me, “You’re my Daddy, I love you, but you were selfish, you disowned your brother.”
Fashanu said he did not disown his brother but instead pushed him away because of the tension he was causing in the family.