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RR: Yes and no. There's a reason athletes feel like they can't come out. Sports are a bit homophobic. If they weren't, everyone would feel fine doing it. I've always heard things growing up in locker rooms. That's the reason I felt that way. It's not something athletes just make up in their minds.
DP: Do you want to be an activist?
RR: At first I didn't. I think that's why it took me so long to tell the rest of the world after I told my family. After receiving e-mails and letters from everyone around the world, I realize I have a platform. I believe God put me in this place for a reason. Now I want to help, especially younger kids who deal with this stuff. I know not everyone receives the amount of support I did.
DP: Do you wrestle with religion?
RR: That's been difficult for me my whole life. I would be selfish to think I did this all by myself. I know deep in my heart this is what I'm supposed to be doing. God has me doing this for a reason. It's hard to explain faith. I'm a strong believer in my relationship with God.
DP: Do you want to play on the U.S. team again?
RR: I'd love to be back with the U.S. It's been two years. First I have to get back to playing well with my club team.
DP: Is flopping gamesmanship or is it soft?
RR: There's a balance. You don't want to be known for flopping. That gets annoying. When I watch on TV, I'm annoyed. As an athlete I understand it. Sometimes you have to be smarter than the other guys. If a guy is being a bit too aggressive, sometimes you use that against him.
DP: Have you flopped recently?