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EXCLUSIVE: In first TV interview, Robbie Rogers speaks to Anderson Cooper "I’m glad it did it this way. I am happy.”

In his first TV interview which airs tonight on AC360°, Robbie Rogers talks to Anderson about coming out and quitting professional soccer. Rogers tells Cooper, “I was closeted never went to a gay bar never did any of that stuff.”

“It was 25 years of not living the truth not being 100 percent open with people”

On coming out and leaving the sport, Rogers tells Cooper, “I felt like I couldn’t play and come out. I thought it would be too emotional for me, it would be a circus. I just thought it would be very difficult the impact on the team with the media showing up every day …I’m glad it did it this way. I am happy”

“I’m not worried about the fans I’m worried about going to the footballer locker room.  If I go back I want to go as a soccer player, not the gay soccer player.”

The interview airs tonight at 8 and 10pm ET on CNN. Video link available after the show.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
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