As this article points out, coming out so early in his career took a lot of belief and it reflects well on cricket (and his current teams Surrey and England) that he felt able to do so. I’d been meaning to mention this for a while: football is still some way behind other sports and most walks of life in having almost no (or are there, in fact, any?) current players who’ve come out. I thought Mario Gomez was right to encourage gay players to come out; while there will be some hostility, the game will grow up a lot more quickly when supporters have to come to terms with it as a reality rather than an innuendo.