Our old pal Kerry Rhodes did an interview with ESPN this week, insisting that his public denial of the relationship he shared with a former male assistant did not have him blacklisted by the NFL. He’s just got more important things going on, ya know?
Rhodes, a safety who wasn’t able to find employment in the NFL last season, said opportunities elsewhere were the real reason he didn’t play:
I don’t think I was blacklisted. 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.
Last year, a former male assistant to Rhodes claimed they were in love and, among other things, that Kerry Rhodes was a pretty awesome top. “I was like his wife,” Russell “Hollywood” Simpson told gossip site Bossip. “The other wives knew and loved me too. It was no secret!”
Rhodes adamantly denied the “rumors” and went on a bearding campaign for several weeks thereafter. He tells ESPN again that “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.”
And on a completely unrelated note, ESPN asked Rhodes about out NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam and how he’ll be treated in the locker room:
I don’t think the locker room will change. I think they will be more cognizant of it, it’s such a big deal right now. I think they’ll try to police it a little more but I don’t think the locker room will change. Every locker room has a different dynamic.
Well alright, Kerry. We’ll see you next time we need comment on gays in the NFL, a topic which has absolutely no relation to you. Have fun working out.