However, for a lot of sports stars, their sexuality is either kept quiet, closeted, or the subject of some completely bogus conjectures. These stars were all rumored to be gay … and only a few of them actually are. Still, despite his heroic statements, he now thinks that coming out hurt his career, and he may be right: Sam was the first SEC Defensive Player of the Year in eight years drafted outside the first round — waiting until the seventh round for the St.
Louis Rams to pick him up and that was just eight picks before being entirely shut out. Soon the Rams cut him and he landed a spot on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before retiring in to focus on his mental health. I know how to play this game, I can play this game … I don't know what goes on in the NFL with the guys who are making the decisions, but whatever it is, hopefully it's not what I think it is … I don't regret coming out but I do wish things would have gone differently.
Jason Collins Getty Images In April , 7-foot NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet, making him the first openly gay professional athlete to compete in the four major sports leagues.
A free agent at the time, Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated , "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport … I go against the gay stereotype, which is why I think a lot of players will be shocked: When I signed a free-agent contract with Boston last July, I decided to commit myself to the Celtics and not let my personal life become a distraction.
When I was traded to the Wizards, the political significance of coming out sunk in. I was ready to open up to the press, but I had to wait until the season was over. It had been argued that no team would want to take on a player who was likely to attract a media circus from the outset and whose sexuality would be a distraction. I'm happy to have helped put those canards to rest. A lot of people think so, because the Green Bay Packers quarterback has been dogged by gay rumors for years.
A source told The Fame Driven in December that Rodgers was actually in a relationship with his roommate and personal assistant, Kevin Lanflisi, citing since-deleted tweets from Lanflisi, as well as local chatter for the rumors. I really, really like women.
That's all I can say about that. An off-duty Dallas police officer who traveled with the Cowboys and worked security at their hotels first told me that 'the word on the street' was that Troy Aikman was gay.
Over the next four years, I heard the rumor from two more police officers who worked around the team … One officer told me Aikman 'was supposed to be' having a relationship with a male member of a country-western band.
It's not worth it. But I probably could have responded differently and maybe that would have changed things. Maybe it wouldn't have. But it is ridiculous, and, yeah, it bothers me. If that is a lifestyle people choose, so be it. It doesn't affect me one way or another. But it is not my lifestyle. Kuchinsky accused Curry of frequently approaching him in the nude and demanding that Kuchinsky look at and touch his privates, as well as allegedly forcing Kuchinsky to clean up the mess Curry allegedly left after engaging in sexual activity.
Curry and his attorney vehemently denied the claims, telling The New York Times that the accusations were "absolutely false … I guess it's just a prime example of you just got to watch who you have around you, because this is a guy who I really thought he was my friend. It's why a football team is such a good place to hide," he said, later adding, "In high school, football turned into a way to go to college. In college football was a great cover for being gay.
And then I saw the NFL mainly as a way to keep hiding my sexuality and stay alive. He came out to a clinical psychologist who worked with the Chiefs, then to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who accepted and embraced O'Callaghan for who he is. Though he had to eventually retire from his injuries, O'Callaghan was grateful for the experience in the NFL.
But now that I have come out it rarely crosses my mind. Yeah, I'd go about my daily life in football, but thinking about hiding it and hoping no one finds out and being ready for any situation was exhausting. The blog Diary Of A Hollywood Street King reported that Duncan had a relationship with a fellow male student when he and Amy were in college at Wake Forest University, going so far as to buy the man a home and let him live with the Duncans during the early years of their marriage.
I don't believe [Duncan is gay or bisexual]. I'm not going to look at him any differently. He's my teammate regardless of his sexual preferences. I haven't heard anything about it and I definitely haven't suspected anything.
He's going through some stuff, and that's what happens when you go through a divorce sometimes. Shirtless photos of Selby appeared, alongside fake emails, on several blogs that unfortunately gave the rumors legs — but keen observers quickly debunked the tale based on several holes in the story. Selby shrugged it off as a woman scorned trying to get revenge on him, tweeting , "Learned my lesson don't send any pics to any females cause when you crossed them.
They get you back double worst … People will do anything or make up anything to bring you to their level. That's not even my email. Piazza denied the rumor in a press conference, telling reporters , "I'm not gay. If I was gay, I'd be gay all the way. Ovie Mughelli Getty Images In early , Atlanta Falcons player Ovie Mughelli was allegedly outed on a blog by a supposed ex-lover from his days at Wake Forest University who was "sick of all the lies.
Kerry Rhodes Getty Images In , NFL star Kerry Rhodes was allegedly outed for a supposed relationship with a man named Russell "Hollywood" Simpson, who released screenshots of text messages he claimed were from Rhodes after the football player denied a relationship.
When photos emerged of Rhodes with his arm around another man, who was identified as his assistant Alton Craig, Rhodes told 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. I am not gay. 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, and I support them, as well as wish those individuals comfort.
Braylon Edwards Getty Images Despite fathering children with at least two different women , NFL player Braylon Edwards was rumored to be gay after fellow player Will Demps said in an interview that Edwards had asked him about modeling and acting opportunities. Manti Te'o Getty Images Manti Te'o may have been the most famous catfish victim of all time , with his tragic tale of a mysterious and elusive girlfriend named Lennay Kekua who almost died in car crash, then got terminal leukemia.
Kekua ended up being the creation of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, and it turned out that Te'o's only interactions with "Kekua" had been online and on the phone. As a result, some started to question his actual sexuality. When asked if he was gay, Te'o told Katie Couric , "No, far from it. They first took hold when he appeared in a Pirelli ad wearing red stilettos. He denied the rumors, but they still cost him endorsement deals with Coca-Cola and other brands. Billie Jean King Getty Images Though married to a man at the time, tennis legend Billie Jean King was plagued with gay rumors for years before coming out as a lesbian.
In , with her husband and parents in tow at a press conference, King confessed to having an affair with a female hair stylist named Marilyn Barnett, who sued King for financial support. She would later tell The London Times , "I couldn't get a closet deep enough. I've got a homophobic family, a tour that will die if I come out, the world is homophobic and, yeah, I was homophobic.
If you speak with gays, bisexuals, lesbians and transgenders, you will find a lot of homophobia because of the way we all grew up. One of my big goals was always to be honest with my parents and I couldn't be for a long time. I tried to bring up the subject but felt I couldn't. My mother would say, 'We're not talking about things like that,' and I was pretty easily stopped because I was reluctant anyway.