Avoiding The Rush

Packers Star Aaron Rodgers: “Yep, I’m NOT gay”

Aaron Rodgers deals with bull-rushes by 300 pound lineman just fine, thank you. The great NFL quarterback, however, seems shocked, shocked, by the notion that he might, as Tom Daley would put it, actually like guys.

“I’m just going to say I’m not gay,” Rodgers said on 540 WAUK-AM in Milwaukee, where he does a weekly radio show, showing a gift for confusing syntax. “I really, really like women. That’s all I can really say about that.”

Yes, we really, really like women, too. But that does not mean we are going to sleep with them unless we are six-packed on New Year’s Eve.

The topic of Rodgers’ sexual orientation came up when he was talking about his celebrity status as he leads the Packers into the playoffs, squaring off Sunday in Green Bay against the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers, notoriously guarded about his personal life, said one of the lows of stardom can be the “Crazy rumors that swirl around you from time to time.” Adding that this was part of the “uncool” side of celebrity.

The notion was, in fact, reported by queerty.

But is the story really that crazy, not to mention uncool?

First published by the gossip site Fame Driven, the story is that Rodgers was in a romantic/sexual relationship with his longtime roommate and personal assistant, Kevin Lanflisi. The evidence is a series of deleted tweets and pics from Lanflisi’s account.

Rodgers, in fact, mentioned Lanflisi regularly in interviews, saying in 2008:

“He’s been great for me as far as great conversations outside of football. Our friendship goes a lot deeper than what we do.”

In 2011:

“I kind of judge how those people are based on how they are to people like Kevin. Kevin, he’s not a famous person. I want to see if they give Kevin the time of day, or if they big-time him.”

Which photo rings more true to you? Rodgers with Kevin or Rodgers with yet another model on the beach?

And…

…Or this one, with yet another “model” on the beach?

In our experience, when it comes to the sexual orientation of celebs, there’s smoke where there’s fire. But Aaron Rodgers, in fact, may well not be into guys. His father allegedly does not think so. However, it would have been nice if Rodgers had bothered to say something encouraging about the notion that being an openly gay NFL star would be a very, very “cool” thing indeed.

Check out the full interview here: