If Kerry Rhodes wants to deny that he's SGL, he has a right to do so (unfortunate, but I think he has all the right to do that), but to out him because he allegedly has asked you to play down your relationship with him? I mean, didn't the alleged 'scorned lover' know all this before they got together and all while they were together? Probably, but now that he feels he's being left out the alleged 'scorned lover' is going after him.
I don't think that's right. There's a lack of integrity on both of these guys' parts, if you ask me... Nonetheless, I have to admit, that regardless of their actual relationship (and the photos do seem to tell a lot) I'm interested in following Kerry Rhodes' story in pro-football now that he MIGHT be the first SGL football player to be known as SGL while still in the game (even though he is currently a free-agent). The fallout of all of this will have a HUGE effect.
Someone wrote to me that this 'story' shouldn't be a story at all. They wrote that it's idle gossip and that there are more interesting things to talk about in professional sports. I disagree.
During a time when professional sports is dealing with homophobia in a society that seems to be doing an about face when it comes to SGLT equality-- taking a decidedly 'pro' stance-- and given the number of professional athletes who come out after their careers are over (a number of them being from the NFL) there looms the great possibility that there are SGL players on teams.
In the real world of culture and economics professional sports is a monster. As an industry, not only does professional sports pull in income that would put many other industries to shame, but it affects what is important to us-- our view of who we see as our heroes (like it or not, that is truth). The players in the industry of professional sports are who millions model themselves after even in terms of ethics. And the leader of the pack in terms of revenue and impact on our psyche is the NFL.
So what does the NFL do if Kerry Rhodes or any of its players come out? Will any athlete that comes out while still in the game be our Jackie Robinson?
The NFL, in particular, has tried to approach this subject as respectfully as it can. Just look at this past Super Bowl show when the subject of homophobia was discussed for the first time in front of the largest TV audience in the country, and one of the largest viewing audiences in the world. The NFL has broached the subject and appears to be prepared to face what will eventually become reality: that the NFL has SGL players.
If Kerry Rhodes does come out it will be interesting to see how his move out of the closet will affect a multi-billion dollar industry and the culture that surrounds it. And that's why it's definitely a story worth following.