Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers namedrops Amendment 2 supporter Phil Anschutz
Unless you're a fan of Major League Soccer, you may not have heard of Robbie Rogers, but the speedy winger made big news last February when he came out, and briefly retired, before returning to soccer and being traded to the LA Galaxy; in doing so, he became the first openly gay athlete to continue playing a major professional sport.
The May trade between the Galaxy and Rogers's former team, the Chicago Fire, raised a few eyebrows, since LA sent Mike Magee -- who went on to have a fantastic season -- to the Fire in exchange for Rogers, who struggled.
But it's also interesting because the Galaxy is owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz -- a Christian conservative who has spent millions of dollars pushing right-wing causes and political candidates.
In fact, Anschutz was a major backer of Colorado for Family Values, the organization that pushed for Amendment 2, a 1992 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in Colorado; the law was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Sunday, ABC news aired an interview with Rogers (see it above) as part of a story about how 2013 has been a landmark year for gay rights, and correspondent David Wright asked the soccer player specifically about Anschutz and whether the boss had talked with him.
"Has he said anything to you?" Wright asked.
"No, he hasn't," Rogers responded.
"No conversations at all?"
"No, no conversations at all."
Of course, that could change if Rogers is able to return to form next year and bring the Galaxy back to the MLS championship -- which they won in 2011 and 2012. The winner of the MLS Cup, after all, is given a shiny trophy named for Anschutz.