Monday, 21 December 2009

What's it all about, Alfie?

The admission by Gareth Thomas at the weekend that he was a fan of musical theatre has barely caused a ripple outside the readership of the Daily Mail. Not, I suspect, because rugby is so very grown up and tolerant nowadays but more because Alfie's tastes have for a while been an "open secret" within the game.

Frankly this blog couldn't care less which way the chap leans - what is of more concern is the role Thomas played in the sacking of Mike Ruddock from the post of Wales head coach in 2006 - something that still hasn't been adequately explained.

Most commentators have declared that Alfie's admissions are "brave" - but you do have to wonder what prompted his decision to go public given that he'd long since come out to friends and family and that most of the rugby fraternity already knew his "secret." Nothing to do with the cash on offer from the Daily Mail?

3 comments:

Nursedude said...

I would say this Flanker, there has been no equivalent of a MAJOR player in Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA or professional hockey in North America or European Soccer/football who has "come out". Gareth Thomas may be a lot of things, but as the first significant international rugby player to come forward is still pretty major news-it shouldn't be in 2009, but it is significant.

Total Flanker said...

Fair enough. I think the thing that bothers me most is this whole sensationalsied tabloid "Thomas tells all" double page spread approach. Surely there must be a more dignified way to go about it...

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the proceeds went to Childline AND doing a spread with a tabloid read as much as the Daily Mail is reaching so many more people who think that just cause your gay you walk like a fairy, with a limp wrist and listen to sh*tty musicals.

As if.