Sunday, October 9, 2022

Dear Casillas, coming out is not a joke


Iker Casillas, the former Real Madrid and FC Porto player, regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in soccer history, wrote on Twitter: "I hope you respect me: I'm gay."

Casillas inmediately received a wave of support following the post. Including Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, who responded to his friend saying: "It's time to tell our story, Iker" followed by a love heart and kissing emoji.

But that story does not appear to be true after Casillas sent another tweet claiming he had been hacked and apologised to his followers and then more importantly, the LGBT community.

Reports in Spain soon emerged claiming it may have been a hoax amid reports that he's fed up of speculation surrounding his dating life.

Spanish media suggested Casillas' post on Twitter is a response to many rumours that he could be in a possible relationship with numerous women (one of them Gerard Pique's ex-wife Shakira), since his recent split with his wife after 11 years together.

Anyway, the tweets received a whole lot negative reaction too. Josh Cavallo, who became the first openly gay active professional soccer player, hit out at the pair of former players and branded the tweets as "disappointing and "beyond disrespectful" given their standing in the game.

"@IkerCasillas and @Carles5puyol joking and making fun out of coming out in football is disappointing. It’s a difficult journey that any LGBTQ+ ppl have to go through. To see my role models and legends of the game make fun out of coming out and my community is beyond disrespectful."

Cavallo came out last year posting a statement where he said, "I'm a footballer and I'm gay. All I want to do is play football and be treated equally." He did, however, speak out after suffering homophobic abuse during a game.

Dear Casillas, you had a bad play this time.

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