Kerry Rhodes is speaking out in defense of the NFL, saying he doesn’t believe the gay rumors that have plagued his career as of recently have anything to do with why he hasn’t been playing.
He spoke to ESPN, saying:
“I don’t think I was blacklisted,” Rhodes said during a phone interview Tuesday. “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.”
As the NFL community is divided over the possibility of the league’s first openly gay player Michael Sam, many assume Rhodes had not been offered a job after a former associate put Kerry on blast and accused him of being gay.
Some speculated that Rhodes wouldn’t feel comfortable coming out, but Rhodes said that has never been the case.
“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,” Rhodes said. “To me I’m definitely not and I can’t control what people think, so I move on.”
Rhodes thinks money, more than rumors, have hindered his chances of signing with a team, since he wasn’t going to take a deal that he wasn’t comfortable with. He could be right.