- Former Premier League star of Nigerian descent, John Fashanu, has admitted he was a ‘monster’ when his late brother Justin came out as gay
- Fashanu's late brother Justin who once played for late Notts County and West Ham player was the first professional footballer to come out as gay
- Though he tragically died by killing himself in 1998 at the age of 37
Former Premier League star of Nigerian descent, John Fashanu, has admitted he was a ‘monster’ when his late brother Justin came out as gay.
Fashanu's late brother, Justin who once played for late Notts County and West Ham player was the first professional footballer to come out as gay, though he tragically died by killing himself in 1998 at the age of 37.
And while speaking about his own treatment towards Justin at the time, John revealed that he paid his brother £75,000 to keep quiet about his sexuallity.
"It was a lack of education," John said while explaining his behaviour.
He continued "I was a monster to Justin back then."
When asked whether it was true that he had attempted to bribe his brother to keep quiet about his sexuallity, the TV presenter and former Wimbledon FC star admitted he had: "I paid him £75,000 not to say he was gay."
Expanding on why he’d taken this shocking attitude towards Justin, the 55-year-old said: "I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation.
"As I said, it was a lack of education. We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet."
Fashanu spoke frankly about the subject of his brother’s tragic death on today’s Good Morning Britain as he addressed the subject of bigotry in football.
Speaking with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, he revealed that just this weekend he was subject to racist abuse at a football game in London.
At the moment there are no openly gay footballers in the English Premier League, though John claims there are at least seven famous stars who are hiding their sexuallity due to fear.
He explained they were scared to come out as they "feared their empires would crumble."
John Fashanu is an English television presenter and former professional footballer of Nigerian (paternal) and Guyanese (maternal) descent.
In his former career, he was a centre-forward from 1978 until 1995, most notably in an eight-year spell at Wimbledon F.C. in which he won the FA Cup in 1988 and scored over 100 goals in all competitions.
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