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Kerry Rhodes says he is not gay, was not blacklisted by NFL

Kerry Rhodes boyfriend bed

Kerry Rhodes took the NFL season off last year after not finding a contract offer suitable to his liking. The 31-year-old says he is not retired, and he also says he does not believe rumors that he is gay had anything to do with him not being signed.

“I don’t think I was blacklisted,” Rhodes told ESPN New York’s Jane McManus 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.”

Rumors about Rhodes being gay spread after a former assistant of his claimed that he was Rhodes’ ex-boyfriend. The former Jets and Cardinals safety denied the claims.

“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.”

We’ll soon find out how an NFL team deals with an openly gay player if Michael Sam, who came out over a week ago, gets drafted or signed. Rhodes doesn’t think the NFL locker room will change, but he does believe players will become more aware of it.

Rhodes is older and was already declining in ability, so it makes sense why he didn’t find a job. One of the issues was that Rhodes would only play for a certain amount of money, which he didn’t find. He felt it wasn’t worth sacrificing his body if he wasn’t going to be paid enough.

Even though Rhodes denies being gay, he has faced some suspicious comments from people other than his former assistant. His former coach Rex Ryan called him a selfish, Hollywood type, while Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said he didn’t run in the same circles as Rhodes.

Rhodes is probably right about his overall point; his contract demands were not met, and that’s probably the biggest reason he did not play last season.

Previously: Kerry Rhodes on a bed with his alleged boyfriend

Steve Smith on Kerry Rhodes: ‘We ain’t in the same circles’

Steve-Smith-Not-Punished-For-Flag-Football-InjuryFormer Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes is currently a free agent. He’s only 31 years old and was once considered an above-average defensive back, so the fact that he has been unable to find work has left some people surprised. Over the summer, Rhodes’ alleged ex-boyfriend spread rumors that Kerry is gay. The rumors were fueled by photos of Rhodes laying on a bed with the young man and riding horses with him.

Now, many have speculated that no NFL team is interested in Rhodes because of the rumors about his sexual preference. During a discussion with CBS Charlotte’s Taylor Zarzour and Marc James on Tuesday, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was asked if he had spoken to Kerry at all or if has any idea why he has not been signed. He seemed adamant about dissociating himself with Rhodes.

“I don’t know Kerry,” Smith said emphatically. “We don’t go in the same circles. We ain’t in the same circles. We ain’t in the same circles. I’ll let that be.”

For more context, Deadspin shared the audio with us:

We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it was obvious Smith wants nothing to do with Rhodes. He has his own reasons for that, I’m sure. Zarzour and James sounded like they were looking for more of a football answer from Smith when they asked why he thinks Rhodes is currently unemployed. He could have just said “the NFL is such a competitive league” and left it at that.

Kerry Rhodes supposedly claiming Kim Kardashian’s baby could be his

Kerry RhodesKerry Rhodes is trying so hard to deny rumors that he is gay that he apparently is claiming he could be the father of Kim Kardashian’s baby.

Rhodes, 30, has been facing weekly rumors of being gay, which have been spread by his alleged ex-boyfriend (the two are pictured above). Rhodes, currently a free agent safety, supposedly ventured into the fantastical in order to deny being gay.

According to Bossip, Rhodes sent a text message to some of his football-playing friends to tell them that he could be the father of Kim Kardashian’s baby.

“Man this could be my baby!! I was f—ing her the same time as K.West was lol!!!”

Kardashian just gave birth, and the child is firmly believed to be Kanye West’s. Rhodes apparently is so desperate to prove his heterosexuality that he was distributing that text message.

For what it’s worth, Bossip says everyone knows at this point that Rhodes is gay, so his efforts are pointless. At least they’re good for entertainment value.

Kardashian has dated many athletes in the past, but none have been Rhodes (that we know of).

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Kerry Rhodes and alleged boyfriend looking like ‘Black Brokeback Mountain’

Kerry Rhodes boyfriend bed

The worst mistake Kerry Rhodes could have made was denying that he is gay, because that only pushed his alleged ex-boyfriend over the edge.

While Jason Collins is doing the talk-show circuit, throwing out first pitches at Fenway Park, and marching in gay pride parades since coming out, Rhodes is being bled out by alleged ex-boyfriend Hollywood Simpson, who keeps leaking out more and more photo evidence of their past relationship.

[Related: Kerry Rhodes on a bed with his alleged boyfriend]

On Tuesday, Bossip posted intimate photos of Rhodes and Simpson, presumably provided to them by Hollywood, who also gave them this “Black Brokeback Mountain” quote.

“If that man don’t own up, I will own up for him! He’s denying me but we’re looking like the Black Brokeback Mountain starring me and Kerry in some of our pics. How is he STILL denying me?!?! I’m going to have to drag that azz out the closet then!”

We at LBS treat everyone equally regardless of sexual orientation. It’s too bad that Rhodes feels like he has to hide something, unless Hollywood is just lying about everything (the photos seem to say otherwise). Rhodes is 30 and currently a free agent after spending the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe he is taking the denial approach because he hopes it will help his job prospects.

Previously: Kerry Rhodes outed by alleged ex-boyfriend: ‘I was like his wife’

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Kerry Rhodes on a bed with his alleged boyfriend (Video)

Kerry Rhodes boyfriend bed

When Jason Collins came out as gay in an article written for Sports Illustrated, he said one of the reasons for his announcement was so that he could do it on his terms and not be outed by a media gossip outlet. The exact sort of situation he was trying to avoid is happening with Kerry Rhodes.

Rhodes, an 8-year NFL veteran safety, denied being gay after pictures of him being close to another male hit the internet last month. The other man in the photos was his ex-assistant, who also claims to be Rhodes’ ex-boyfriend. Even though the story died down over the past six weeks, it was revived early Sunday when World Star Hip Hop posted a video and hyped it up by saying, “Another Professional Athlete Coming Out Of The Closet? Footage Of NFL Player “Kerry Rhodes” Laying In Bed With Another Man Released!”

The video is not at all damaging the way World Star makes it out to be. Sometimes guys who are traveling happen to be in the same hotel room and on a bed together at the same time, especially if they’re both trying to be on camera. But when you combine this video with the pictures and everything the ex-assistant has said, it’s just more supposed evidence that Rhodes is gay.

You can watch the video below. Most of the supposed scandalous bed stuff is from the 6:15 mark on. After watching the video, you’ll understand exactly why Collins handled his own announcement, and why it might be in the interest of other gay athletes to follow his lead rather than be faced with a Kerry Rhodes situation.

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Kerry Rhodes outed by alleged ex-boyfriend: ‘I was like his wife’

The sexual preference of NFL free agent Kerry Rhodes has been discussed the past week, and now the safety’s alleged ex-boyfriend is outing him.

Rhodes’ sexuality was first questioned by gossip/rumor site MediaTakeOut, which posted pictures of Rhodes with a “male friend” while on vacation. One picture showed Rhodes with his arm around the friend. MediaTakeOut said the photos made Rhodes look “suspect” as a homosexual.

Kerry Rhodes boyfriend bed

Rhodes (pictured left), who played college ball at Louisville and has been in the NFL since 2005, addressed the photos in an interview with TMZ. He denied that he is gay.

“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,” Rhodes told TMZ.

“I am not gay. 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.”

Rhodes’ denial only served to anger the ex-assistant, who claims he was also Rhodes’ boyfriend.

MediaTakeOut followed up their first story on Rhodes with more pictures of the two together, including one of Rhodes kissing the friend/assistant. MediaTakeOut posted that story on Monday, and then shared a video on Tuesday of the ex-assistant/alleged ex-boyfriend’s reality show.

The ex-assistant/ex-boyfriend, Russell “Hollywood” Simpson, then went on a media tour, likely to promote his reality show.

Simpson gave interviews to Bossip and Baller Alert in which he shared intimate photos of him and Rhodes and talked about their relationship.

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Darnell Dockett reportedly spat in teammate Kerry Rhodes’ face

Following the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, it was confirmed that there was an on-field incident between Cardinals linebacker Darnell Dockett and safety Kerry Rhodes that will likely lead to disciplinary action. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team was not going to discuss the matter publicly, but some of the dirty details emerged on Monday night.

A source with knowledge of what occurred reportedly told Pro Football Talk that Dockett spat in Rhodes’ face while the two were having a disagreement. With the Jets leading 7-6 late in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were planning to allow New York to score to make it a 14-6 game and give themselves a chance to get the ball back, score a touchdown, convert a two-point conversion and send the game to overtime.

However, Dockett reportedly had no interest in allowing the Jets to score. This led to Rhodes trying to convince him buy in, which in turn led to the alleged loogie.

We have heard of players spitting in opponents faces during games before, but this is a first for it happening among teammates. Based on some of the stuff Rex Ryan has said about Rhodes in the past, you can understand how someone might get frustrated with him. But in this situation it sounds like Dockett was the one being difficult. If the story is true the team should suspend him.