NFL Baller Kerry Rhodes Attempts To Confirm His Heterosexuality
Veteran safety Kerry Rhodes hopes to play in the NFL if he can find the right opportunity, and doesn’t believe rumors about his sexuality — which he has always maintained were not true — derailed his opportunity to play in the NFL last season.
“I don’t think I was blacklisted,” Rhodes said during a phone interview Tuesday. “Especially with the NFL I don’t think they would do that … to me it was a product of me wanting to do other things and not finding the right opportunity.”
As the NFL is about to welcome the first openly gay player in Michael Sam, who will enter the NFL draft this season, many assume Rhodes had not been offered a job after a former associate told a number of websites that Rhodes was gay. Some speculated that Rhodes wouldn’t feel comfortable coming out, but Rhodes said that has never been the case.
“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.”
Just because they saw you bag the waitress at Hooters that one time doesn’t mean they KNOW you aren’t gay!
Rhodes thinks money, more than rumors, might have hampered his signing with a team, since he wasn’t going to take a deal that he wasn’t comfortable with.
“Every option for me is open, I haven’t retired,” said Rhodes, who was drafted by the New York Jets in 2005. “It’s about me staying ready to go, I would probably have to take a deal right now, but if an opportunity that’s good for them and also good for me I would entertain it and want to come back and play. I still love football and it’s still a part of me. That’s not closed. But I’m not going to go into a situation where it’s not beneficial to myself. Because with the things I’m doing now I feel pretty comfortable and confident. It’s just what works best. But definitely haven’t closed that door yet.”
No, Kerry, you keep every single door open, especially the one attached to the closet.
“Sometimes you have to fit it, instead of people being themselves you have to fit in,” Rhodes said. “I try to tell all the young guys, come in and be yourself you want to be accepted you want to come in, but you also want to lose your identity… It’s a tough balance but it’s something you have to maintain.”
Yes, that’s exactly what we’re saying, Kerry should just be himself. Glad we’re all on the same page…
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