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.
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.