According to various reports, four gay NFL players will soon come out of the closet.
But veteran free safety Kerry Rhodes wants to make it clear: he will not be one of them.
Pictures of Rhodes surfaced this week on Media Take Out in which the player's arms are around a man in a tank top, but Rhodes tells TMZ the shots are harmless.
"Photos have been circulating of my former assistant and I that have caused some rumors regarding my sexuality, and I wanted to address the situation," Rhodes says in a statement. "I am not gay."
The free agent adds that the pics were snapped during a "casual" vacation with his "entire business team."
Rhodes does say he agrees with Magic Johnson overall, however: he's all for those athletes who actually are homosexual:
"I know a lot of people are recently talking about athletes struggling to come out to their fans right now, and I support them, as well as wish those individuals comfort."
No straight man gets matching tattoos with his personal assistant!
At least he didn't add ... "--- not that there's anything wrong with it."
I Am Not Gay!
YES you are
OK, Kerry, that's fair.
But you have sex with men. You are a man. Can you give me the word for people who engage in that practice?
Are you same gender loving?
Kerry and his bf remind me of Will and Grace's Beverly Leslie and his "business associate"
Rhodes out to prove he's not gay?
Is NFL free agent Kerry Rhodes trying to prove he's not gay to get a new job?
Rhodes, an eight-year veteran defensive back who has been the subject of gossip site rumors all offseason, tweeted an eyebrow-raising holding-hands picture from his Facebook account on Tuesday, with the caption "No caption. just real."
It's seemingly a subtle denial of the gay rumors — much, much more subtle than what the gossip sites reported he texted to several former teammates: that he could be the father of Kim Kardashian's baby.
“Man this could be my baby!! I was f—ing her the same time as K.West was lol!!!” Bossip claims Rhodes texted ex-teammates this week. Rhodes has had his name in the news all offseason after a man claiming to be his former personal assistant told gossip sites the two had been lovers and released photos of them together. Rhodes denied he was gay to TMZ in April, but his alleged ex, Russell "Hollywood" Simpson, has continued to go public with claims and photos, including one of Rhodes planting a kiss on him and one of the two lying on a bed, plus one in which they look like the "Black Brokeback Mountain," Simpson says.
Rhodes, 30, became something of a media darling during five years with the New York Jets and was an All-Pro in 2006. He played in Arizona for the past three seasons and had 67 tackles and four interceptions last year. He was released in March.
NBA veteran Jason Collins made national headlines in April when he came out. Collins, 34, will be a free agent this offseason. Neither the NBA, NFL, NHL nor MLB has ever had an active player who publicly acknowledged being gay.
Former NFL player Kwame Harris also made headlines earlier this year when he revealed he was gay after a publicized altercation with an ex-boyfriend. The news sparked discussions of how many locker rooms have had gay players, how aware of them teammates were, and how accepting today's players would be.
Last month MLS player Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay active player in US men's pro sports when he suited up for the LA Galaxy. Rogers had come out in February after briefly retiring.
Anderson Cooper needs to get on this story. He's an expert from all his years in the closet.
Now that he's signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history, I definitely want to see Aaron Rodgers come out. It's pretty much common gossip around Green Bay that he's gay.
It would be HUGE if he came out. At this point, what does he have to lose?
Is Kerry Rhodes still trying to act straight?
Rhodes and Rodgers should STFU instead of lying
Rodgers and Rhodes should start dating each other. They would solve the problem of trying to shut up their "men scorned" by being able to carry on in the DL. Who would top though?
I have studied the man's stance on the gridiron--from all angles, but primarily from the rear, and it is wide. Therefore, I heartily conclude: like myself, Kerry Rhodes is not gay.
Gurl is not foolin anybody.
Chris Kluwe on his last Olberman interview came within inches of outing him.
Any guesses as to the four NFL players who are coming out? I would love for one of them to be that tattooed handsome hot piece of ass SF 49er Colin Kaepernick.
I bet he is trying to get signed. There was that big thread about him not getting signed, so he's probably trying to drive home the point to skeptical owners/general managers of NFL teams. By declaring "I'm not gay" he's basically telling them "Look, I know some of you have your doubts, and even if I am, there will be no more slip ups, no more Mantasia pics, no more queeny assistants. I will project heterosexuality."
Not that he necessarily would have happily come out even if he were signed to a solid contract, but this to me seems like he's angling for work and letting potential employers know there won't be any "problems." sad.
If they've seen the photo at r3, they're not going to believe his claim that he's not gay.
Seems he all but outed him, r26.
Kluwe has Spock ears.
Poor Kerry, I sincerely hope he can get his life back on track after Hollywood outs him while he was looking for a job.
I agree with the above poster who said that Kerry is basically making a promise to not get involved with anymore messy queens. It's the NFL, you've got to stay down low or at least have a masculine boyfriend. Football fans will not accept a queeny couple in the NFL.
There is too much money involved, we are talking billions, and no one needs that kind of publicity.
Same with Rogers, he should have teamed up with another masculine dude but instead he paired with a sappy, passive aggressive, "Belieber" who posts his every teardrop on Facebook.
Guys, you can be gay, just be smart about it.
[quote]Guys, you can be gay, just be smart about it.
What a pathetic statement. Please get lost.
Sorry R33, but if one chooses to go into a profession ruled by the Good Ol' Boys and gambling, then I think one should understand that they are not going to change that business culture.
Whoever thinks that they are going to make some kind of positive gay statement in the NFL is delusional.
No gay person will be making any societal impact in the NFL. The NFL is an insular and rarified culture. There will be no 'gay pride movements' in the NFL. And if the players don't like it, they can be replaced.
They NFL is played by hetero thugs, for the most part. Half of the players smoke weed, most if not all take HGH. It is a culture of bullying.
No gay person expects special treatment in the NFL. If they did, they are stupid.
It is a billion dollar business that involves GAMBLING, and no one cares about social causes while gambling.
R34, I said get lost.
The NFL is America's leading source of entertainment, and there is no one personality, including Peyton Manning, who can influence, in any way, the whole league.
All of Las Vegas depends on NFL money. Casino jobs depend on NFL money. Lives depend on NFL money.
The NFL receives over six billion dollars each season from television networks. The NFL is becoming an international interest as well.
Nothing, will be allowed to interfere with this cash cow. Too many people depend on the NFL to feed their children.
And it's not boring, like baseball.
Those earrings look so gay.
The NFL is much like Wrestling--it eroticizes masculinity to a point of fetishism.
Therefore, everyone involved in the NFL must project masculinity. It is imperative.
r34, you sound like Bull Connor in 1964. The future will not be kind to your delusions.
America has taken a sharp turn to the right, am I correct?
There is far less tolerance for gay people in the world, am I right?
The NFL is middle America's greatest source of entertainment, right?
Middle America is right wing, fundie, right?
The highest revenue in the casinos is during the NFL season, which is predicated upon middle America flocking to Las Vegas to bet on games.
No one player will be allowed to change the image of the NFL being "America's wholesome family entertainment" because that would cost the NFL, Las Vegas, and its investors BILLIONS of dollars.
The Cult of Masculinity (football) will not be compromised.
[quote]No one player will be allowed to change the image of the NFL being "America's wholesome family entertainment" because that would cost the NFL, Las Vegas, and its investors BILLIONS of dollars.
Whom are you referring to, R41? As in, what kind of person? A gay person?
"No gay person expects special treatment in the NFL"
You sound like the homophobes who think equal rights are special rights
[quote]No one player will be allowed to change the image of the NFL
Every time a football player murders someone, he gets fired.
This ought to send Mantasia off into another tizzy, so I love it.
[quote]I agree with the above poster who said that Kerry is basically making a promise to not get involved with anymore messy queens
Gurl please. Kerry likes what he likes. Some masculine gay dudes like Kerry only are attracted to feminine and/or queeny gays, believe it or not. Im sure he already has a new guy fulfilling his duties as a male wife! What they really want is a dude with a vagina, but they settle for a guy like Mantasia.
"What they really want is a dude with a vagina, but they settle for a guy like Mantasia."
No, they want a guy with a dick!
"Photos have been circulating of my former assistant and I that have caused some rumors regarding my sexuality, and I wanted to address the situation"
Some guys are just really, really close to their assistants!
He essentially outed him R26. And how damn low of Olbermann to play dumb leading to that awkwardness.
From the Chris Kluwe interview: "You can ask Kerry Rhodes about blacklisting"
Has Kerry responded to Chris Kluwe's comments?
What does Mantasia have to say about all of this?
r47 I should've said what they really want a dude with a vagina AND a dick!
This most obvious of blacklistings of a perfectly good player may have made up the minds for those who were entertaining thoughts of coming out. Ten steps back.
^ I do think what happened to Kerry has affected gay players a lot
who cares, it is 2014 and the media still has to Perez Hilton everyone out whether they are ready to come out or not. it is vile. he will come out when he is good and ready.
[quote]he will come out when he is good and ready.
Which means never. Out him.
"it is 2014 and the media still has to Perez Hilton everyone out whether they are ready to come out or not. it is vile"
Wow, you know nothing about the media. The media doesn't out people - quite the opposite. It usually "ins" people. Kerry was "outed" by a few gossip sites, the mainstream media stayed away from that story.
Where's Kerry now?
Kerry is busy getting a rubdown from his new personal assistant.
I feel sorry for him
"Kerry is busy getting a rubdown from his new personal assistant."
Who's his new assistant - Kevin Lanflisi?
[quote]I feel sorry for him
I do too, that he has such poor taste in fem dudes!
What's he up to?
Kerry should date Sheldon Stephens!
The guy that outed Kevin Clash AKA Elmo. You know, since Kerry seems to like messy queens
Kerry can have some of my castoffs
Kerry is hotter than Aaron, by far
Come out, Kerry! We all know you're gay.
hey how many of you guys thought Kerry was gay before Mantasia outed him?
any comment on Michael Sam?
He will probably distance himself from Michael Sam like all the other closet cases in sports. Sigh.
In another year, it will be okay for you to come out Kerry.
I Dunn. He dates a lot of women. He could be bi or bi curious.
Kerry and Devin Thomas. That bird Adrienne Bailon added in so the photoshoot wouldn't look gay. They should've taken her out so Kerry and Devin could pose together, like Kerry wanted to!
After a season away from the NFL, during which his former assistant alleged the two were in a relationship, Kerry Rhodes says he believes the gay rumors weren't the reason for his surprising unemployment—and he's not gay anyway.
In an interview with ESPN, Rhodes said "I don't think I was blacklisted," and that he doesn't believe the NFL would allow that to happen. Instead he cites money as the reason no one gave the 31-year-old safety a tryout after Week 1. As for the photos of him and his assistant, and that assistant's claims they were a couple?
"I emphatically said no once and that's all I need to say and people who know me know that's definitely not the case," Rhodes said. "To me I'm definitely not and I can't control but people think, so I move on."
"As for the photos of him and his assistant, and that assistant's claims they were a couple?"
Hey, some of us NFL guys just really, really like our assistants!
Aaron Rodgers, heterosexual quarterback
so sad that he can't come to terms with his sexuality.
I'm not gay...but my boyfriend is!
Kerry Rhodes could have been the hero now instead of Michael Sam. Missed opportunity, and now just a footnote.
He probably identifies as bisexual.
Has anyone actually asked him if he is bi?
"Has anyone actually asked him if he is bi?"
Does it matter? He not only claimed to be "not gay" but he also denied being in a relationship with his "assistant." So even if he is bi, he still lied about other things.
yeah, why do the media fail to ask people if they are bi, or if they have ever been with the same sex? it seems they are fixated on only asking about gay identity.
"it seems they are fixated on only asking about gay identity."
Well he was caught cuddling with his MALE assistant (and no female ones) so....
r93, ya know he has publicly dated a lot of women, a lot of famous women.
He's almost as embarassing as that NY hip hop radio DJ who is "straight" but just likes getting head from men in wigs (guys in drag not MTFs)
"ya know he has publicly dated a lot of women, a lot of famous women."
Yeah, in the sense that various gay male celebs have "dated" Taylor Swift.
r96, perhaps they are bi, too.
"perhaps they are bi, too."
If these guys are so "bi" why don't they get a real date?
Man up and be honest, Kerry
I doubt he has been involved in many dudes. I sense he prefers women, but may have been involved with a couple of males sporadically.
"I doubt he has been involved in many dudes. I sense he prefers women, but may have been involved with a couple of males sporadically."
Sporadically? LOL. He was in an LTR with a guy.
Those pictures leave no doubt about his relationship with Mantasia. The denial is beyond pathetic.
He was very much into Hollywood. He also hangs out with Jamie Foxx. He's getting laid, if not by Foxx, then by some guy(s).
he denies it was that kind of relationships, pics notwithstanding. and believe it or not, some people actually believe him. the pics suggest a relationship, but definitely aren't smoking gun evidence, catch in the act type evidence. they suggest a closeness, but Rhodes can plausibly play it off as being brotherly or close as friends.
Nah. Male friends can be very tactile but they don't pose for pics in that manner ("No homo" etc.)
"He was very much into Hollywood. He also hangs out with Jamie Foxx. He's getting laid, if not by Foxx, then by some guy(s)."
I'm sure Kerry has sampled many of the closeted/downlow dudes in Hollywood.
Kerry is getting cock and ass regularly, I'm sure.
r100 he probably prefers feminine guys
He has been with a ton of guys. You guys must not get out much or have little familiarity with these kinds of guys. Trust me, he's getting laid, (a lot).
These closeted or DL (or whatever you want to call them) gay guys, get a ton of cock. They probably get more cock than me because they are closeted. Closeted guys like this, who are so ashamed of who they are, sleep around with a ton of guys. And, when I say ton, I'm being nice.
How many of you would sleep with Kerry if he approached you, knowing how he treated Mantasia?
Are you asking about sex or a relationship?
I would not hookup with Rhodes. I would ignore him. I can't stand Aaron Rodgers after how he treated Kevin Lanflisi, and who still treats him like shit.
The former would depend on the mood. As for the latter, how did he treat Mantasia? If I were famous (closeted or not), if an intimate called up the press to blab about my personal stuff, and try to get a reality show in the process... well, Mantasia is trash, pretty much. He could learn a thing or two from Longneck Lanflisi.
[quote]four gay NFL players will soon come out of the closet.
ZZZzzzZZz who cares about american football anyway? With all of their gear and walking around the field half the time, it's just the pussy version of Rugby. Obnoxious.
IRMINGHAM, Alabama - Kerry Rhodes has always been a writer, except he wasn't using words
As a safety, the Bessemer native long wrote the key scenes in football games. He did it at Jess Lanier High, the University of Louisville and ultimately for eight seasons in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams and New York Jets. His speed and skill sent a loud message to opposing offenses.
Today, the former All Pro said he doesn't know if the final chapter of his playing career has been written.
"Not sure yet," he said in the living room of the Highland Lakes home he bought his parents. "If it has, it's been a great ride. I've accomplished a lot. I've been All Pro. I've been the highest paid player at my position. I've been thought of as one of the best players at my position since I played.
"If so, it's been good ride, great stuff."
A year ago Rhodes was in the Birmingham area to lead a fitness program at the Legacy YMCA. At the time, he told AL.com that his status as an NFL free agent would end with him signing on with an NFL team.
"It's in the works," he said then. He did not get signed, however, and did not play last season.
Speaking this week before his Healthy Kids Day at the Legacy Y, the 31-year-old said the offers he received were for less money than he wanted. He said his attention now is on other ventures - including writing for his production company - but he is still willing to play.
"Am I retired? No," he said. "If it's the right opportunity, I well play. Other than that, I'm really focused on my production company. I had a couple of opportunities last year; teams were interested but it just wasn't the right fit. In some cases, to be real, the money wasn't where I wanted it to be."
Last year, Rhodes was the subject of allegations about his sexual orientation. He said then and continues to say he is not gay, adding that those rumors haven't affected his playing status. "I would really doubt it," he said. "I think the NFL as a whole, they wouldn't do that. Looking back on it, I don't see it casting any doubt. It was more me not taking those offers that were given to me.
Now, Rhodes calls himself a writer and movie buff, and he is using those interests in his production company, It's The Comeback Kids.
"I just did this short film I actually wrote, starred in, produced, everything, called 'The Decision,'" he said. "It's a boxing movie I did. I actually wrote it and did everything on it."
Rhodes is a very attractive man and I wish the best for him.
Lesson learned: there are vipers out there that want to hurt us with gossip and back-stabbing. The fact the Hollywood pulled his stunt while Rhodes was looking for a job well, that's just plain dirty.
To abuse someone's trust while they are trying to fid a way to support themselves is terrible. Hollywood may in fact have ruined Rhode's football career.
But I am happy to see that Rhodes has many more projects going.
Back-stabbers who mess with around with gossip are evil.
Dude is hot to death. Look at him in that video!
Love you, Kerry!
The non-gay/non-dead one!
Why would Rhodes turn down his contracts? I mean, he's heterosexual after all.
R129, the real backstabber is Kerry, who lied about their relationship
Was the "not a tough guy" comment subtle anti-gay diss?
No, it is a legitimate evaluation of his performance on the field.
Rhodes pulled a Rodgers with a desperate attempt to appear heterosexual by proclaiming he was the father of Kim Kardashian's baby. He also tweeted a photo of his hand and female's hand on twitter shortly after the Hollywood incident.
Does Olivia Munn have a sister? Maybe Aaron can set me up with her!
Dudes like Kerry Rhodes would never say they are gay in new CDC survey.
Kerry Rhodes peels off an expensive pair of aviator sunglasses as he steps out of a waiting SUV at the Andaz 5th Avenue cafe in New York, the city that drafted him nearly a decade ago. "New Yorkers like to pretend they don't care that they've read about you in the papers, but they do. They do," Rhodes says, without noticing two businessmen rubbernecking their heads in his direction. Rhodes spent five seasons with the Jets, earning All-Pro honors and the highest salary of any safety in the league before heading to Arizona. But with his time on the field likely behind him, Rhodes now lives in Los Angeles, a city without a football team, but one that openly embraces the showbiz status that earned him the nickname "Hollywood." There, he's spent the last two years producing Gone in an Instant, a documentary that chronicles the life and career of fellow athlete Antoine Walker, a three-time NBA All-Star who made headlines when he was caught writing bad checks in Vegas after losing the $110 million he had earned during his pro career. As a fellow sportsman, few seem more qualified than Rhodes to handle the player's story with the amount of class and compassion it deserves. He may be done with the NFL, but with a number of projects in the works with his production company, there are plenty in Hollywood who are happy to have the company of Kerry Rhodes.
Did you always know making films would be your career after football?
I've always wanted to do film. I've had a love for acting, writing, and producing. It was something that I planned to do regardless, and then when my football career was over, I believe it was a blessing that I got to do a project like this that hits so close to home. I never set out to be a documentary filmmaker, but this opportunity is such a natural move. I met and got to know Antoine and we had a great connection right off the bat.
What made Antoine Walker the right subject for your film?
I loved football, but my first love was always basketball. I've followed the it as a fan for years, so I knew who Antoine was since the beginning. I went to Louisville and he was in Kentucky, so I followed his career from there and throughout. It wasn't until later that I became familiar with the rest of his story, though. I was watching TV and saw his mug shot on the screen. People were talking about how he lost all of his money. I was shocked. $110 million? That doesn't make any sense, but I was playing football at the time, so I didn't have long to really dwell on it. Later, my business partner Anthony Holt suggested that we look into his story to potentially tell and I regained that interest all over again. I knew that the film wouldn't be compelling unless we had Antoine on our side. We started the conversation with him and he seemed open to going there, and talking about everything. We just ran with it.
How long did the film take to produce, from concept to completion?
It's about a span of two years to get everything finished. We had to figure out an arc that was interesting. People are going to want to know where he is now. Where is he trying to go? The story is in full bloom now. He's cleared all of his debts, except for his casino debt, because of the laws in effect in Nevada, he can't get it off the books. He's still $700,000 in the hole. But it's not $8 million in the hole. He's moving forward with his life.
There's no doubt that some of the subjects in his story were painful for Antoine to talk about. How did you get him to be completely candid? Did you feel like he backed away from discussing certain topics?
He didn't fight us on anything. He wasn't withholding from us at all. There is shame there of course. He lost a lot of money. I think he realizes now he has a story to tell that is powerful and can help people. To have someone that is that open, and isn't worried about what people are going to say about him is a true gift. The first screening we did of the film was in Boston; this is a place where he was known as a great player - an icon. It took a big man to look those people in the eye and show where he