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NFL Star Kerry Rhodes

'I AM NOT GAY'

4/11/2013 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0410-kerry-rhoades-gettyNFL star Kerry Rhodes -- who's been in the league since 2005 -- tells TMZ he's not gay ... despite reports suggesting otherwise.

Photos surfaced Thursday on MediaTakeOut.com showing 30-year-old Rhodes with his arm around a male friend. The site didn't say outright Rhodes was gay, but there was a strong insinuation ... not that there's anything wrong with it.

But Rhodes says he's as straight as an arrow -- telling TMZ, "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 then says flatly, "I am not gay."

Rhodes explains:  "The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team."

Rhodes says when it comes to being supportive of gay professional athletes coming out, he's on Magic Johnson's 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 -- who played for the Cardinals last year -- is now a free agent.

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16.

beef    

He has the telltale "gay mouth". It's a trait you can easily spot with decent gay-dar.

507 days ago
17.

J_Micod    

WOW! What a dud! After that lead in on CNN, I check this site *(Shiver) and it's a NON- STORY!? Boooo... I guess I know what to expect on TMZ from now on... why CNN lets you on the air, I'll never know!

507 days ago
18.

D-INCARNATION    

His lips are moving but I hear Mr Garrison talking..

507 days ago
19.

Amy    

He looks like Cuba Gooding.

507 days ago
20.

IowaDimples    

Who cares if he is. Why is this "news".

507 days ago
21.

Minxee    

WTF cares? He's a ballplayer, he's gay, he's black. I'm disabled straight married and white. Where's the difference?

507 days ago
22.

PureRadiance    

Nobuddy's business . He is what he is ain't nobuddy's business. He says he's not gay don't go making assumptions.

507 days ago
23.

bbwlover1969    

The truly sad thing about this story is, true or false he has to deny everything because of the implications to his career. And if there is nothing wrong with it if he is TMZ, why put it as a front headline in bold type? Funny how it isn't a headline when NFL players have 5-6 kids by 5-6 different women

507 days ago
24.

Radio Ninja    

Truth is, you don't have a male assistant unless you're gay, or married with an extremely jealous wife. So yes....totally gay.

507 days ago
25.

Chanel_MC    

Mhmm lol i see sum sugar in his tank haha

507 days ago
26.

Marie    

"Photos surfaced Thursday on MediaTakeOut.com showing 30-year-old Rhodes with his arm around a male friend"

And that's all it takes to make him gay? And what if he is, gay? It's 2013, people... Get over it...

507 days ago
27.

timmortonni    

Young bro - You do not need to clarify anything to anyone - There is nothing wrong with being gay.

507 days ago
28.

Buddy The Elf    

Phag.

(Kidding - who cares anymore honestly?)

507 days ago
29.

(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Yeah,Right


You & Harvey.

507 days ago
30.

Cricket    

I looked up the photo since it's referred to yet not posted. I don't see how that pic implies homosexuality. He owes no one an explanation, if he's gay or straight, his business. I can't imagine it affecting his athletic abilities

507 days ago
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