This week, rumors swirled at various Internet outlets that Aaron Rodgers had been outed as gay (no, we’re not sending them traffic). Rodgers, who has taken great steps throughout his career to keep his personal life separate from his play on the field, felt the need to address the story on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee with Jason Wilde today.
“I’m not gay. I really, really like women,” Rodgers said.
It’s pretty outrageous that he would be in the position where he felt the need to comment on these matters, and whether they’re true or not is of little consequence in that regard. Athletes have an obligation to their teams and their fans to leave 100% of their effort on the field — they do not sign a contract of indentured servitude to share the entirety of their lives with the public.
Bruce Arthur said it best:
It’s such a sad feature of our age that people have to forcefully defend or deny their sexuality based on scurrilous bullshit.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 31, 2013
Last month, Mike Freeman wrote at Bleacher Report that plans for an unnamed NFL player to come out of the closet fell through this past offseason. Hopefully the day will come sooner than later that stories like these are not stories.
Update: Here’s the audio, via Deadspin