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The Recruit: Ian Thorpe talks coming out and why there are no gay AFL players
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The Recruit: Ian Thorpe talks coming out and why there are no gay AFL players

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:02 Written by // Cec Busby

“I struggled with being in the closet I don’t struggle being out”, says openly gay Olympian Ian Thorpe on tonight’s episode of Foxtel’s reality show The Recruit.

Thorpe was poolside having a heart to heart with contestants on The Recruit a reality show that pits talented athletes against each other to vie for a contract with a major pro team.

Asked by a contestant why he thought there were currently no openly gay AFL players, Thorpe surmised “once you’ve told the lie, it’s easier to continue to lie.” Thorpe say he was just 16 when he was first asked about his sexuality and that was too young to be asked such a question.

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[image] Thorpe chats to the final contestants in Foxtel's The Recruit. (supplied)

“Because it felt like I was being accused of it, you know, I’ve always just thought of it as a negative.”

Thorpe suggested it was time for young players to stand up against homophobia in sport.

“We need to make sure that sport is a place where kids can be themselves, no matter what differences they may have… So for you guys, try and nip (homophobia) in the bud. It’s 2016, and it’s about time to end it.”

Thorpe's comments seem particularly significant given that St Kilda and the Swans will participate in the AFL's first Pride match this week.

The Recruit airs on Fox 8 tonight at 830pm.

[main image] Ian Thorpe poolside on The Recruit. (supplied)

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Comments (1)

  • Kris

    12 August 2016 at 20:36 |
    I'm sorry but when Ian Thorpe has now been quoted as saying - “I struggled with being in the closet I don’t struggle being out”, I & many others, who may not be in a position to voice their own opinion publicly. feel like Ian Thorpe actually struggled more with losing his sponsorship's at the time than being truly open & honest to himself & others around him.

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