Justin Fashanu - The Forgotten Genius,
This review is from: Justin Fashanu the Biography (Hardcover)
After watching the Justin Fashanu Fallen Hero documentary on Yotube 1998, I became fascinated in a footballer that was probaly one of the most articulate, smartest and sensitive characters football and the so called celebrity world has ever met.
His self sacrifice of coming out as gay in 1990 caused a media uproar never seen before. Friends, family, media and most of the people around him turned on him, including players, coaches, managers and other people associated with his profession. Even his famous brother John,condemned him and he became increasingly more isolated. Despite knowing many other gay footballers, he chose never to out anybody and absorbed all the backlash by himself.
Despite being a gifted footballer and scoring one of the best goals of all time against of one the strongest Liverpool teams ever. His life and career became akin to that of a Shakepearean tradgey. Despite being the first million pound black player in 1981 and showing so much promise at England U21 level, it was his sexuality and people's intolerance of it that beat him down so much that he became increasinly depressed and withdrawn. Even when he tried to escape Britain and moved to the USA, he found himself facing blackmail and possible charges of sexual assault. Despite being innocent, he feared he would not face a fair trial and could no longer take the brunt that his life had given him so on 2nd May 1998, he commited suicide.