At a Lorimer’s Bar event tonight, Peter Lorimer has claimed that Robbie Rogers timed his coming out to coincide with the launch of a new clothing line. Lorimer’s comments, also suggesting a belief that Rogers had been advised to do so, have been met with outrage from Leeds fans across Twitter.
The news was initially broken by attendee @lozziej, who said that Lorimer was “claiming Robbie Rogers came out as gay to get publicity for his new clothing line”. This has been confirmed further by other tweets from others in attendance.
Lorimer, an ex-Leeds legend and current holder of the goalscoring record at Elland Road, has been criticised significantly over the last few years by Leeds fans due to his association with the unpopular Ken Bates regime. A director at the club during Bates’s spell in charge, Lorimer has done little to ingratiate himself to those who used to love him, agreeing with the ex-Chelsea chief’s policies in-spite of criticism. He also famously encouraged Simon Grayson to sell now-Norwich player Luciano Becchio before criticising the ex-Leeds boss after the manager was sacked.
Here is a selection of responses from Leeds fans on Twitter:
“@Ken_Demange: Is it really acceptable for Lorimer to slur Robbie Rogers, claiming his ‘coming out’ was for publicity purposes?”
“@JamesLUFC: “Lorimer at it again. What a knob.”
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