American midfielder makes announcement on Canadian radio station.
Testo revealed he was gay during an interview Thursday with CBC’s French language Radio-Canada.ca.
“I’m a homosexual,” Testo, a 30-year-old midfielder who had been with the Impact since July 2007, told Radio-Canada.ca. “I’m gay. I didn’t choose this. This is just who I am. It’s has nothing to do if you’re good at soccer. You can still be an amazing soccer player and be gay.
“I really do regret not having come out earlier,” he added. “It’s something that I’ve struggled with my whole life and career.
“It’s hard. Living the life of a professional athlete and being gay is incredibly hard. It’s like carrying around a secret. Carrying around luggage and never actually be allowed to just be yourself. It’s incredibly energy-draining on top of having to perform, on top of having to play.
“I don’t know how everyone else feels about it, I never did know. That’s what probably the hardest thing about this is.”
SOURCE: Montreal Gazette
David Testo should be applauded for being brave enough to come out of the closet but it’s still shocking that to do so in any professional sport is still such an issue to the extent that those sportsman who are gay simply do not feel they can be open about their sexuality.
Testo was released by Montreal Impact last month after four years at the club, prior to his move to the Saputo Stadium the 30 year old had played for Columbus Crew and the Vancouver Whitecaps.