I don't think anyone is too surprised that champion Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe came out as being gay during an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. While I wish Thorpe well, a couple of things come to mind. The superficial to begin, how much was Parky paid to come out of retirement to conduct the interview and how much was Thorpe paid to do the interview? I would not be surprised if jointly, it was a six figure sum.
But what really troubles me is why now? At the end of his career, as his value for endorsements and products is slipping, he indicated he would like to be the area of sports commentating. He has some experience already and will be commentating at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Sorry if I seem sceptical, but it smacks to me of brilliant management by whoever manages him.
While his career never reached the heights of Thorpe's, and he also had drug and alcohol issues, contrast Thorpe to the diver Matthew Mitcham, who, as I recall it, thanked his boyfriend after he won medals at the Tokyo Olympics. There was a media fuss for a day or so, and then most people forgot about it, and perhaps Mitcham too.
Mitcham really has my respect.
If only the Thorpedo had just said, 'Sorry? What was that question? I don't think it is any of your business.'