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Pro soccer player Collin Martin comes out publicly

Collin Martin comes out publicly on Friday.
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Collin Martin - Twitter

Collin Martin of the professional soccer team Minnesota United came out publicly on social media Friday. According to Towleroad this makes him the only out athlete in all five of the major sports leagues.

“I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates," Martin wrote. "Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made my decision to come out publicly much easier.

“As we celebrate Pride night, I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional support for who I am. In light of my experience as a professional athlete, I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly. June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man."

For the past two seasons, Martin has played FC midfielder for Minnesota. He is only the second professional athlete to come out in major League Soccer, the first was Robbie Rogers back in 2015.