Rhodes tells TMZ 'I am not gay,' supports athletes who come out

Kerry Rhodes played for the Jets and the Cardinals over eight NFL seasons. (Getty Images)
Several NFL players think the day isn't far off when an openly gay teammate will be accepted in the locker room. And NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth said recently that "When one player comes out, multiple players will come out, because they are in our league right now.”

One who won't be coming out, however, is former Jets and Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes because, well, he's heterosexual. After photos surfaced showing him with his arm around a male friend, TMZ caught up with Rhodes for comment.

"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. I am not gay," he said, before noting that "The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team. ...

"I know a lot of people are recently talking about athletes struggling to come out to their fans right now," Rhodes continued, "and I support them, as well as wish those individuals comfort."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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