Playing the Field: It’s time for a gay NFL star

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Kerry Rhodes is denying rumors that he might be gay.

 

Brittney Griner recently came out as a lesbian. No surprise there.

She talks like a man. She has the stature of a man. And she dunks like a man. None of that is wrong or meant to be insensitive. That’s just how she comes across on appearances — and that’s a good thing for the game of basketball, and sports in general. We sincerely hope that Mark Cuban stays true to his boast and drafts her in the NBA Draft.

We only hope that this could lead to a bigger outing, maybe in the NFL.

Free agent safety Kerry Rhodes is attempting to squash rumors that he is a gay man playing in the NFL. Rhodes’ alleged longtime boyfriend and assistant Russell “Hollywood” Jackson has gone on record saying Rhodes was “like his wife.”

The gossip website MediaTakeOut has published pictures of the two seemingly enjoying a romantic vacation. Instead of embracing the moment, Rhodes has pulled a trick from Richard Nixon’s playbook. Deny, deny, deny.

“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 … I am not gay,” Rhodes tells TMZ.com. “The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team … 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.”

We don’t know anything about Rhodes’ sexuality. Until he utters the words, “I am gay,” we’ll have to accept his statement as truth. We just hope — if the rumors do turn out to be true — Rhodes will have the courage to stand up and forge a new trail for gay athletes everywhere.



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