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