NFL Athlete Fights Gay Rumors After Being Photographed Carrying a Man

Kerry Rhodes claims he is not gay after being photographed carrying a man that he said is his assistant.
Kerry Rhodes

NFL free agent Kerry Rhodes has released a statement clearing assumptions about his sεxuality after intimate photos (scroll down to view the photos) of he and his former assistant Alton Craig surfaced online. The athlete, who has been in the league since 2005, told TMZ, “Photos have been circulating of my former assistant and I that have caused some rumors regarding my sεxuality, and I wanted to address the situation. I am not gay.”

Rhodes continued, explaining where the photos were shot: “The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team,” he said. Although he is not gay, he says he supports athletes in the league who are gay. “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.” The photos of the two men were rumored to be from their honeymoon and/or an engagement celebration. Craig is wearing a wedding band in the photos. Rhodes is not. Over the years, Rhodes has been rumored to be in relationships with high profile women, including Aubrey O’Day.

Rhodes and Craig
Rhodes and Craig


The discussion of homosεxuality in football comes after ex-Baltimore Ravens and gay rights supporter Brendon Ayanbadejo announced that four NFL players are considering outing their sεxuality soon. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now, and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out,” Ayanbadejo said.

Do you believe athletes should out their sεxuality? Why or why not?

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  1. You are gay! Stop lying already!!!

  2. African-American males always the fool. Jail, other men, white females, etc. etc. etc.

    • Elizabeth, don’t put all “African-American” men in that cesspool! I don’t appreciate the generalization…just let me know if you need some examples of great “African-American” men outside of myself.

    • You’re are stupid BITCH that would never be so bold to say it to any black persons face!

    • Elizabeth….You’re a stupid BITCH that would never be so bold to say it to any black persons face!

  3. So what? Stop killing folks because you don’t want people to know you are gay. It’s 2013 and its accepted to be gay. You like men? Cool. Do you. But don’t try to bed my innocent daughters with your lying self.

  4. I have a question; Why is it when men show some type of display of affection towards one another in America it’s always deemed as “being gay?” I mean really, there are plenty of cultures that men show affection without the connotation of them being gay. Ex. In parts of Africa there are men who kiss each other on the mouths as a show of affection but THEY AREN’T GAY! This stereotyping B.S. about what is and/or isn’t gay has gotten RIDICULOUS! The Wayne Brothers are another example, they hug and kiss each other and explain they do it on purpose because they want to show that it’s ok to express ur love for another man without it being deemed “unmanly” and/or “gay.” The pics look like friends just hanging out and being silly to me. I see this all the time with my male students and all of them aren’t homosexuals either. Jeesh, people get a life and stop worrying about what other people are doing and whether or not they got themselves right with God. Worry About U!!!! Scripture says; BEFORE you attempt to remove the saw dust from an others eye, make sure U remove the BOARD from ur own! In other words worry about getting ur self right before stepping up into someone else’s business and attempting to tell them what’s right and/or correct their behavior!

  5. Terry Getright Bolton

    I could care less about his sexual orientation. If effects his proformance on the field, then I'd care. I wouldn't want anybody bothering me about this crap at my J O B.

  6. Ayanna Danielle Renee Haulcy

    walks like a duck talks like a duck…and if he ain't his butt buddy I mean friend sure looks it.

  7. Hmmmmm….I better be real careful whst I say here…facebook police done already censored me for what I wanna say…this story……aww nevermind

  8. It’s these under cover brothers F-ing everything up. You have to keep it real. You can’t hide who you are. If he were on the Jets and he took us to the Superbowl, I would cheer the hell out for him, gay or not. Anyone can be a roll model, but you must be honest first! Chose to be great, fear no man!

    • For all of you who have a problem with undercover men and women alike, you all need to put yourself in others shoes before you judge or just not judge at all. I am a proud straight man married of 10yrs but none of that matter. Myself and my wife’s best friend was killed because of him being out of the closet. It is not ok in some states for a guy to be who he is born to be. I loved him dearly and my entire family kids and all miss him very much. I agreed to walk him down the isle because his father would have nothing to do with him, but he never got the chance to fulfull his dream. The cowards that took his life will have to face judgement. It took five guys to beat the heaven(I don’t say hell) out of one for no reason at all. The police would not even list it as a hate crime because he was a homosexual so its his fault they say. There is a place to be bold and fearless and I applaud any person who find the courage to love the person in their life unconditionally even if the world finds out. I truly hope that people live and let others live.

  9. Are Real Men a dying breed? Will we become a Sodom & Gomorrah society? Here are JMR’s stats for the year 2025 30% of men are gay 50% incarcerated and 10% are dead….What will you supporters say then? If pedophilia was legal how many men would become pedophiles? If murder was legal how many killing would there be? All you Supporters do you really know what you’re supporting? Think about it.

  10. If he Aint Gay, he damn sure look like it! LOL!

  11. Mister you are gay, homosexual,what ever it’s called. I suggest you stop fighting it and keep it real 100!
    I prefer you let me know your gay or bisexual so that its my choice to have sex with a gay or bisexual or not..
    By being gay or bisexual and not teling me is wrong of you.

  12. If they choose to come out, they should be ready for the repercussions–like fights.

  13. I think it is in the best interest that atheletes keep their sexuality to themselves due the intimate nature of the locker room. Would you really feel comfortable undressing in front of a member of the same sex that may fine you attractive in an erotic way?

    • If players want to “out” themselves, then that’s their prerogative. But it should be their decision. Not based upon outside pressure. Regarding those pics of Rhodes, he says he’s not gay. I’d take him at his word. He clearly wasn’t ashamed to have those pics taken. And if he is gay, so what?

    • Bruh,

      If you are a straight man then it would not bother you if someone else is looking at you. So what, be glad that someone finds you attractive. The only men that get upset when a guy finds them attractive are the one that struggle with their own sexuality. If you comfortable in your sexuality you wouldnt have a care in the world. I played football and basketball an not one time did myself or my friends care about nudity. I think my son is going to be a streaker because he is always taking off of diaper and running through the house.

  14. They should come out when they feel it’s what they are ready and willing to do. However, the picture are suspect. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt!

  15. Codrington C. Dapp

    C’mon man, admit it–you like mens’ booties…

  16. Who cares! The ONLY people who are worried about this are people who have questions about their own sexuality. TRUE heterosexuals know that no amount of influence will alter their sexuality.

    It’s sad how hypersensitive the Black community has become to this. I’ve been to Africa & sen men holding hands in public. They weren’t gay. We’ve lost our sense of self as a community.

  17. Pics do not look gay to me, although his assistant does.
    The pics just look playful to me.

  18. Look very suspect to me too and plus your assistant looks VERY feminine…

  19. Too late Kerry…the pics don’t lie!

  20. I don’t think its a great idea for them to come out/cause every time one get tackle or tackle another…viewer will be watching for intimate closeness. I don’t want to know, cause it will take the excitement out of football. Football is supposed to be a physical manly sport. I ALWAYS wonder does other men find their mates attractive in those tights??….just saying…

  21. Kerry Rhodes was prudent to make a public statement that he is not gay. Notwithstanding, he may as well be, if he approves of same-sex relationships for others.
    Take a read of Romans 1:18-32 and I Corinthians 6:9-11. Homosexuality is a sin, according to the Word of God. And if God says that it a sin and I approve of it, what am I saying to God?
    I know that many do not believe in God or that the rightly divided Word is relevant and applicable to them. That’s their right! But for those of us who do believe, we must live by God’s principles or we are, by default, living by another’s.

    • He said he supports not approves. That’s a big difference. I also believe in Trinity and what the Bible says is true.

    • True we say one thing and do another Christ is the one i want satisfied with me and rest who don’t care what He thinks or don’t believe inHim can keep right on marching into hell.Wether you believe inHim or not going to change the fact that He is real and you seem to be the fake because you will buy anything being sold to you .If you put a puzzle together the pieces fit or the puzzle is not rightly putb together.MENS organs or fit for a woman’s organs and these things men are using on each other do not fit where they should so common tells you this is wrong.How is the population to carry on with this mess?

    • @ J.D. Hill. How do you know that god is not a homosexual? he spent a lot of time on the mountain with Moses. How many women did god have since you know so much about the fable written bible?

  22. In this case this lad is gay and doesn’t know it!!!!

  23. The pic of him holding the guy looks like it could be just in fun, but the of them sitting there chillin while he has his arm around him….Hmmm,

  24. So what if he is? get the fuck over it.

  25. If he was so willing to release a statement about not being gay…then he should have explained why he was hugging and carrying another man in those pictures. Without knowing why he took those pictures, it's unfair to judge the man. But I have to admit, if its not my son I cannot see myself hugging or carrying another man in a picture for fun on vacation.

  26. Reginald Duane Thurman

    Pics look suspect to me. And no I don't think they should. Cause guys don't want to be talking about sexuality in the locker or before a game. It takes focus away from the game.

    • Terry Getright Bolton

      I'm gonna have check my bible to see where it reads that GOD gave Reginald Duane Thurman the right to judge.

    • Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."1
      Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"
      1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
      Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

    • I thought ALL SIN was an abomination? Can you throw some scripture in about that as well?