David Testo, a 30-year-old former MVP for the Montreal Impact soccer team, came out in an interview with CBC Radio Canada.
Soccer Player Comes Out
|by Anonymous||reply 67||11/17/2013|
That's nice. He's cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/10/2011|
That's actually great. More, more, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/10/2011|
Like others, he waited until he retired from pro sports.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/10/2011|
Please let him be cute, please let him be cute...
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/10/2011|
Those comments "Why do I need to know he is homosexual?"
Straight people really really don't get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/10/2011|
Nice photo of him--not shirtless, but at least you get a good look at how ripped his arms and legs are.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/10/2011|
"Please let him be cute, please let him be cute..."
Why would that matter?
You're not going to get to sleep with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/10/2011|
Dreamy! Would lick his shitter.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/10/2011|
R7, I was actually just kidding.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/10/2011|
R3: He is not retired from pro sports. He plays for MLS.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/10/2011|
Looks as if he plays for OUR team!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/11/2011|
[quote]He is not retired from pro sports. He plays for MLS.
ESPN and USA Today: "Testo joined the Impact in 2007 but is without a contract and won't be back with the team for its MLS debut next year."
Wiki says: "Testo was released by Montreal on October 12, 2011."
CBC News: "He joins a small group of professional athletes to come out, including former NBA centre John Amaechi, swimmer Mark Tewksbury, and tennis star Martina Navratilova. Most came out following retirement, and no male athlete from a major league has come out while still playing."
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/11/2011|
He is cute. Good for him. More, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/11/2011|
He is a FORMER pro athlete. They all wait to come out after they have nothing ($$$$) to lose. Doesn't take a whole lot of courage to do that.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/11/2011|
Really, R14? Precisely, how much ($$$$) did you lose when you pirouetted out?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/11/2011|
He's a fine addition...
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/11/2011|
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/11/2011|
WHAT is wrong with me? I could have sworn he was straight!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/11/2011|
He is a Bible Belt gay.
It is weird how there are just not any Queers of any sort in sports all so much. Like with baseball? Nary a one baseball player is gay? Just not one. LOL. All these years. Hell, the last five years, even, not one gay baseball player?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/11/2011|
Having a good looking, straight-acting man come out is a positive example. It defeats stereotypes and hopefully gives inspiration to younger athletes. I hope he has another line of work that will reward him.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/11/2011|
what a hottie! good news!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/11/2011|
More pictures, body shots?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/11/2011|
Yay! Now he's free to pose for the cover of useless gay magazines and be a hood ornament for overblown LGBT nonprofits at champagne-swilling galas!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/11/2011|
Good for him. Kind of sad that even a soccer player (soccer in the US being worlds away from football, basketball, or baseball in terms of homophobia) felt that much angst while playing.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/11/2011|
Bravo on another relatively low key coming out by an athlete. It's great that several of the latest names that make the proclamation seem to be speaking out on there own accord - as opposed to being threatened with an 'outing.'
I think with many, many more of these the road might be sufficiently paved for a bigger-named, active professional to finally take the plunge.
But as a gay man and a sports fan, it's a day I look forward to.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/11/2011|
Meh. Another loser comes out AFTER his glory days are long gone. Wake me up when somebody comes out of the closet while they're on top.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/11/2011|
Judgmental much, R26?
Tell us your harrowing coming out saga.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/11/2011|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/12/2011|
Check out video at 1 minute in.
Gayvoice crossed with weirdly old-fashioned Midwestern farmer/St. Olaf accent
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/12/2011|
More St. Olaf gayvoice at beginning of this video:
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/12/2011|
I eat old people's excrement.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||11/12/2011|
She is a very beautiful woman!
You can be sure that the sizemeats (9 inches minimum) are lined up waiting for the chance to breed her well-used GrandCanyon!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/13/2011|
This same guy was hitting hard on a waitress- and left with her- at a party in august.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/13/2011|
Hmmm R33 is full of shit.
Nice try shitstain.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||11/14/2011|
David Testo being interviewed by David Byrne apparently (not really) for Canadian Xtra.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||12/01/2011|
His sweater in r35's link comes from The Dorothy Zbornak Collection.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/01/2011|
Has he signed with any other team or is he still unemployed?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/04/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/04/2012|
well, R36, he never sucked MY dick.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/04/2012|
Good for him and I must add - great body!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/04/2012|
"It is weird how there are just not any Queers of any sort in sports all so much. Like with baseball? Nary a one baseball player is gay? Just not one. LOL. All these years. Hell, the last five years, even, not one gay baseball player?"
You really believe there are no gay baseball players? Are you retarded? It's called the closet.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/04/2012|
Good for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||01/04/2012|
"not one gay baseball player?"
Remember the net-inspired frenzy about the rumor that Brady Anderson was coming out over a decade ago? Even then, people were curious about a big athelete on the verge of coming out.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||01/04/2012|
Glenn Burke played professionally with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-1978) and the Oakland A's (1978-1979).
|by Anonymous||reply 44||01/04/2012|
Kazuhito Tadano, who played for the Cleveland Indians, starred in gay SM porn, but apparently he's "not gay", either.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||01/04/2012|
[R42] Why the fuck do you say "good for her"? at least he doesn't do 69's with women or insert his finger is in women's cunts.
So masculine masculine masculine masculine masculine masculine 1000000000%,yes, that's what he is.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||01/04/2012|
All these references to his being "cute". What are you, 17 years old? Grown men are not "cute", they're sexy, handsome, hot, etc.
Please drop the middle school language.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||01/05/2012|
I knew there would be a generally negative reaction. 1.There's still money to be made after sports, 2. it's too fresh to know what he's going to do sports-wise. 3. We have weird contempt for people who actually come up, but love to suck off those who would put that exactly last on their to-do list.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||01/05/2012|
I eat shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||01/05/2012|
Because grown men don't need your fanatic labels, r47. For fuck's sake if people want to say he's cute let them say what they will.
I also think those that are doing the usual round of bitchiness about coming out after a main sporting career still don't get just how unforgiving life can be for gay athletes in pro sports. Like acting EVERYTHING revolves around image and sponsorship. $$ always wins out and you often have to stay silent for the team, not just yourself.
It's wrong but that's how it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||01/05/2012|
We can't be sure that his career is over. He's not involved with any team right now, but we can hope it happens for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||01/05/2012|
How soon until this attention whore does porn?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||01/05/2012|
He seems pleasant enough. I take it that he would like to move to a new phase of his career as a spokes-gay.
But I wished for more of a guy that breaks the mold, that doesn't fit the stereotype.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||01/05/2012|
Attached is a new article about Testo's story from SB Nation.
It's overall very interesting, but there are a couple of things that jumped out at me.
1) Testo mentioned how he played both baseball and soccer as kid. But he was ultimately swayed toward soccer because even as a young guy he was aware of how much less testosterone-driven and homophobic the soccer locker room felt over baseball. Not that soccer was a welcoming sport, but he says the anti-gay language was not as severe.
2) Testo was dating Shane (Landrum) - one of the few popularly recycled gay guys that participated in several of the MTV Real World/Road Rules Challenges. They were semi-secretly dating and even living together at one point even while Shane was competing for the show. Testo says getting involved with Shane was the first time he fell in love.
He hasn't been involved in the sport at all since he came out last year. Unfortunately it's tough to determine if no team wanted him because he publicly came out, or because he had a very disappointing 2011 season and has demonstrated that he is injury prone.
Maybe some combination of both?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||10/01/2012|
I hate how both the article and a comment or two suggests that Shane made him feel bad for being in the closet. A fear of abandonment... blah blah blah.
Shane apparently cared enough for this guy that he lived with him and let himself be hidden ... literally in a closet, among other places... all to protect this guy.
Closeted people have a desperate need to be accepted by the entire world and their own internalized homophobia. That doesn't mean that they deserve NO support, but any person with self-respect can only take that for so long.
When your partner is hiding you to protect his career, he's saying you come waaay down the list in his priorities.
Shane did the right thing by getting out of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||10/01/2012|
What a loser.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||10/01/2012|
He's straight acting that means he's phony. What the world needs now is NOT another phony.
We already have a president like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||10/01/2012|
R57, put your head back in the toilet. The president? Really? The first President to endorse same-sex marriage? The one to push for the end of DOMA, DADT? Phony? Fuck you.
Testo is the issue here. And this comment shows he's out of touch:
"Most gay people don’t get to this part of their life ever, to accepting themselves and acting on it and enjoying their life."
Most??? What era is he living in?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10/01/2012|
he needs my hole
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10/01/2012|
We all knew.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||10/01/2012|
Good point r58. His perception that most gay people never get to full acceptance must come from somewhere in his experience.
I'm wondering if his statement is the result of the feedback he's getting as a result of his coming out. He said that many people have been contacting him and sharing their stories.
There are probably a lot of closeted athletes that express to him the various levels of misery they experience in their situations. I'd bet that type of feedback gives him a biased view on what is average for gay people.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||10/01/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 62||10/01/2012|
Now that he's not playing the game anymore, I wonder if he'd be interested in doing on-air commentary for one of the sports networks. He's definitely good looking enough for the camera.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/02/2012|
another player comes out, but he's retiring
|by Anonymous||reply 64||02/15/2013|
So sad he comes out in tandem with retiring.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||02/15/2013|
Testo posted a nice, semi-sexy pic of his boyfriend and himself on his Facebook. Very nice.
I'd like to see Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti top that.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||11/17/2013|
[quote] Having a good looking, straight-acting man come out is a positive example
Are you under the misapprehension that young gays think that to be out you have to be ugly?!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||11/17/2013|