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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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61.

J Micod    

Boo! You suck, TMZ!

509 days ago
62.

Mr Rod    

You can tell by looking at him that he is a fruit. Look at the man-cream around his lips!

509 days ago
63.

Poopsi47    

Really tmz

509 days ago
64.

mcf1040    

Really? I guess Kordel Stewart is straight too. Do these boys protest too much?

509 days ago
65.

CallingAllIdiots    

Im over the gay shaming... his sexual prefrences are his are his and his alone. Whem or if people decide to come out of the closet it should be a personal choice not because someobe tried to expose what is supposed to be a personal prefrence

509 days ago
66.

StefMom    

His comment is sweet and tolerant. How can you fault him, especially that he's part of the NFL, the most bigoted and homophobic union in the world? I don't actually know who he is, but already, I know he's wonderful. Go AZ!

509 days ago
67.

KEN    

sounds what a person would say when he is not ready to come out...either way...God bless him

509 days ago
68.

Dublin2016    

If NFL players "come out", you bet there will be some redneck hillbillies out there that will never watch football again. Who cares if players are gay or not.

509 days ago
69.

2xchamp    

MAN...THOSE PICS LOOKED PRETTY FRUITY....not that there is anything wrong with that. Just sayin, I can see where some people might make that assumption from some of those "poses" with his assistant ...

509 days ago
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www.accountkiller.com    

But he has a thin mustache!

509 days ago
71.

Black    

In college we ran a couple 2 on 3 so I don't think he is gay. If anything he is a man whore like myself

509 days ago
72.

Jah36    

This is slander if I've ever seen it. Sad when one has to defend themselves from accusation of being a pervert.

509 days ago
73.

Metta Worldhate    

Well, you might not be gay (as in happy) because we just found out you're a homosexual, if that's what you mean.

509 days ago
74.

JUN    

WELL HONEY, IM ACTUALLY GLAD HE ISNT GAY BECAUSE HE SEEMS LIKE TOO MUCH OF A NICE GENTLEMAN TO BE AROUND THE CORRUPT WORLD OF GAY BITCHES..Im actually glad he is straight and has honestly spoken on his behalf and didnt wait 7 months to address the issue.

509 days ago
75.

Mandooo    

Oh, you're straight? So is spaghetti, until it gets hot.

509 days ago
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