Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Justinus "Justin" Fashanu was an English footballer whose transfer to Nottingham Forest in 1981 made him Britain's first £1m black footballer. He was also the first professional footballer to publicly identify himself as gay. Sadly though, his coming out was met with a lot of hostility not only from the sports world but also his own family. His macho bore of a brother, John "Fash" Fashanu (also a professional footballer) turned his back on him, which must have been even more painful for Justin considering both brothers were abandoned by their parents at a young age. John was the only family he had.

Things got even worse in 1998 when Justin was accused of sexual assault, and even though the police dropped the allegation due to lack of evidence, Fashanu believed that he had "already been presumed guilty". He committed suicide shortly thereafter, but many believe it didn't have as much to with the allegation as it did his brother's cold-hearted rejection.

When I got this record I'd never even heard of Justin Fashanu. "A sports star who cut a record" are really the only words I need to hear and my wallet comes flying out. (Okay, the red leather outfit might've been a factor too). It's such a cool song, although now it's nearly impossible to hear it without being reminded of the tragedy that ensued.

5 Comments:

Alex O. Williams said...

so sad. look how handsome and sweet he is! I wish I would've been there so I could take him home and keep him and hug him all night long. of course, now-a-days everyone and their boring uncles are coming out of the closet, but it took real guts to do such a thing in 1981... especially in the wide world of sports. it's still dangerous for athletes to declare their homosexuality even 25 years later! (not counting tennis players, of course.) thanks for for the great song and for giving this dude some long-deserved attention!

sammyg123 said...

A fine talent. Well, certainly on the football field. Actually, the song is pretty cool. I don't know how you discovered it Mr & Mrs Pony, but I'm glad you did..

Comb & Razor said...

interesting... i never knew John Fashanu had a brother either. he's quite a prominent media personality back in Nigeria these days; hosts the Nigerian version of "Deal or No Deal" and some other shows, i believe.

Comb & Razor said...

actually, now that i think about it... i vaguely remember hearing some reference to this story recounted in hushed tones...

Anonymous said...

fucking prick...go to hell.. i hope u are burning in hell....faggot