‘I’m gay’ tweets from Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol cause a stir
Former world goalkeeper Iker Casillas had come out on Twitter as gay. The tweet was deleted moments later, speculating that the account may have been hacked. Only with a delay did the Spaniard resolve the confusion.
EThe tweet by Spanish goalkeeper legend Iker Casillas (41), which was deleted moments later, sparked excitement and speculation. “Hope you respect me: I’m gay. Happy Sunday,” his verified account read Sunday.
The answer from former FC Barcelona professional Carles Puyol (44) caused even more excitement. “It’s time to tell our story, Iker,” he commented, followed by a heart emoji and a kissing hand emoji. Casillas’ tweet was deleted after a good hour, but Puyol’s tweet was not initially.
A few hours later, Casillas explained the confusion with a hacked account. “Account hacked. Luckily everything is fine,” the 41-year-old wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “Sorry to all my followers. And of course apologies to the LGTB community.” Casillas and Puyol immediately received a lot of criticism for the two tweets about the alleged coming out.
Cavallo criticizes tweet
“It’s disappointing to joke and joke about your coming out in football. It’s a difficult process that all LGBTQ+ people have to go through. To see my role models and player legends mocked, come out and my community to be fooled is beyond disrespect,” wrote Australian football pro Joshua Cavallo. The 22-year-old had recently made his homosexuality public.
In Germany, a handball professional had recently attracted attention. Lucas Krzikalla revealed his homosexuality in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG. “I am happy, very excited, happy and free. I didn’t expect so much encouragement,” said the 28-year-old after his courageous step. The feedback was almost exclusively positive. The news reached Krzikalla via WhatsApp, text, phone calls and social media.
Under an Instagram post that featured Krzikalla with friend Christian Groß, numerous fellow athletes also sent heart and rainbow emojis. Captain Johannes Golla sees Krzikalla’s public approach as the starting signal. “There will be others who will take this step to live more freely and not have to pretend anymore.” Casillas is probably not one of them.