Why do so many people think Aaron Rodgers is gay?


Update: prominent website claims evidence that will confirm Aaron Rodgers gay rumors.

There are times when Aaron Rodgers looks like he might the best player in all of football. Not just the best QB, but the best NFL player alive.

And as usual, every time Aaron Rodgers is on national television, I look at this site’s traffic stats and I see two phrases “Aaron Rodgers Gay” and “Is Aaron Rodgers Gay?” driving more traffic to TSB. During the postseason these search numbers increased, peaking when the Green Bay Packers were in the Super Bowl; of course.

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In fact, the high amount of “Aaron Rodgers Gay Rumors” search activity made the A-Rodg material the most viewed NFL content on the site. All this, despite the women he’s been linked to. Now even with his relationship to Olivia Munn (which some of even branded a distraction) lots and lots of people out there seem to think Rodgers is still a homosexual.

I’m telling you right now that we will not attempt to answer the question of Rodgers’ sexual orientation. I’m not even going to venture a guess about whether Aaron Rodgers is straight or gay. What I am going to do is present what we do know about his personal life, and ultimately why none of that has anything to do with why he’s an NFL MVP quarterback.

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As we’ve documented in the past, Rodgers has been (rumored) linked to: the mother of all sideline princesses Erin Andrews and “Gossip Girl” actress Jessica Szohr. These reports were never confirmed nor denied. His current girlfriend, is a stripper named Destiny Newton, so he probably went considerably down market. Although this would give him more “guy’s-guy” (that translates to “blokey-bloke” for my readers in the U.K.) cred.

This relationship has been highly documented in social media by Newton’s sister Shawntel (I just can’t make up names like these)

Of course, that doesn’t prove anything, as the actor Rock Hudson proved. He’s always the classic example of a “beard.” but here’s a more contemporary link: “Michelle Bachman and 10 women who married famous gay men.”

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Basically the case for Rodgers being a homosexual starts and ends with these two quotes:
Darla Rodgers, his mother told KRCRTV.com:
“He’s not dating anyone, nothing online is true. Early in his career I would call him and say what’s this, you haven’t told me. Who is she? You can’t let mom be the last to know, he said don’t believe any of that, it’s not true, it never is. I asked him not to let momma be the last to know.”

His father Ed Rodgers chimed in, “Well he’s not dating anyone, those things online, 99.9% are not true.”

Remember the context though, they were answering rumors about Rodgers being linked to the three women I mentioned before and Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Julie Henderson.

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Then there’s these comments from Rodgers in Sporting News (this is the second gunman on the grassy knoll for the Rodgers is gay conspiracy camp):

SN: “Do you live with anybody?

AARON RODGERS: “I’ve got a roommate, a guy I met in town. He works for the Packers now as an athletic trainer, but he was interning when I met him and we just hit it off. He’s been great for me as far as great conversations outside of football. Our friendship goes a lot deeper than what we do.”

So what did we learn? Only that we shouldn’t believe nearly all of what we read online, and that Aaron Rodgers choice of words in this one quote have set off legions of people questioning his sexuality. Again, I will not venture a guess either way.

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However,  you heard the news about Jason Collins this past year.

I think it proved America is ready.

And unless you’re Aaron Rodgers himself- or someone very close to him that he confides in, you don’t know what Rodgers’ sexuality is. If you only take one thing away from this piece- please take that.

Every time the Packers are on national television, which is a whole helluva lot, this story pops back up. And it pops up because people are constantly searching for “Aaron Rodgers gay,” “Aaron Rodgers gay rumors,” “Is Aaron Rodgers gay,” “Aaron Rodgers athletic trainer boyfriend” and etc.

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I only look at the facts. The Green Bay QB has one soundbite from several years ago, and his mother has one quote as well that has led to speculation. I don’t know and I’m not even going to try and guess what his sexual orientation is. It’s none of my business and frankly it’s none of yours.

Of course, I know in our celebrity-obsessed culture and this weird unholy combination of The Matirx and a fishbowl that we all live in now the very notion of privacy is dead. And America never had a monarchy, so instead we have celebrity.

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Still, personally, I don’t care. Didn’t care then when I wrote about Rodgers perceived sexual proclivities in 2010, and I don’t care now. I’m more intrigued by the fact that no Packers assistants are being recruited for NFL head coaching jobs. And the fact that it angers Coach Mike McCarthy.

Paul M. Banks owns, operates and writes The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with Fox Sports, Yardbarker Network, eBay and CBS Interactive Inc. You can read Banks’ feature stories in the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition and listen to him on KOZN 1620 The Zone. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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  1. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Just ask Jeff Garcia.

  2. Al Jefferson says:

    he wears black thongs…speaks for itself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2fjp3SAplE

  3. jim from green bay says:

    Rumors around Green Bay are that he is gay (and have circulated around for years, since he was drafted), but there are a lot of baseless rumors around Green Bay about Packers, so take it with a grain of salt.

  4. football fan says:

    Who cares as long as he can play?

  5. America will have made a turn for the better when people such as yourself no longer write articles accentuating the “novelty” factor regarding ANYONE’S sexuality. Whether Rodgers is gay or straight is none of your business or anyone else’s unless he makes it your business. What’s next for you? An article on what the various shades of skin really tell us about the person underneath? Grow the #%@&- up already….. jeez.

  6. Of course he’s gay He’s a PACKER !

  7. According to Aaron’s dad he is engaged to a beautiful Christian lady.

  8. He’s an adult and a mutli millionaire. And he has a roommate? That’s all you need to know. But if you need more, do you think the intern was paying the bills? Rodgers should be a man and come out the closet. He’s living a lie.

  9. He plays for the “Packers”. It makes sense he would be gay. He was known a Kaaron in California. But he is a pretty good QB. Unless the straight players are worried about dropping the soap in the shower and him popping a chub, so what?

  10. Destiny Newton isn’t a stripper. Her sister, Shawntel, was on the Bachelor. Her family owns a mortuary in Chico. Aaron and Destiny have known each other since since high school.There are plenty of pictures of the out there on the internet!

  11. What I never understood is the obsession straight white guys have with the “gay” subject. They love chatting about a gross gay guy they just encountered. They like to tell other dudes about uncomfortable situations they had that seemed gay or music/shows that are too gay for them to handle. They’re the only ones who constantly bring up the subject…why is it in their heads all the time?

  12. Whether he’s gay or not, my question is: who cares?

    Seriously! Why is someone’s sexuality newsworthy at all? If A-Rod is heterosexual and he’s proven to be in a committed relationship with a woman, is there going to be a headline blazoned across all the newspapers saying “”Rodgers Confirms he’s Heterosexual!” I don’t think so.

    As a Packers fan, I love watching what Rodgers brings to the football field every week…PERIOD! If he’s gay or not I really couldn’t give a rip!

  13. Jersey Dave says:

    Are you sure the rumors weren’t started by Bears fans?

  14. I could care less if Aaron Rodgers is gay, the man is still a great athlete.

  15. He still looks like he’s 25. Amazing.

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  24. I’m late on this topic as I see the article was posted in January, but like many people I Google’d, “Why do people think Aaron Rodgers in gay?”. I searched for this article after reading comments on Bleacher Report about the CBS reporter who was angry that Aaron Rodgers had on-court access after the Wisconsin Elite 8 game.

    I really don’t care if Aaron Rodgers is gay. If he is I respect his decision to keep his personal life personal. Why would you subject yourself and your team to the unwanted media and LBGT attention that would come from being out of the closet?

    I’m sure that if Michael Sam could go back and walk back into the closet he would. I personally don’t believe that he has been discriminated against because of his sexuality. I think it’s the fact that he doesn’t have the speed and talent necessary for the NFL, but he really didn’t do himself any favors by creating unnecessary distractions during the marketing and interviewing stage of his career. He basically made himself a media whore and potential locker room and organizational distraction before he was drafted.

    Guys picked in the 4th-6th rounds of the NFL draft have to bust their ass to make a team. While other players were focused on their brand and trying to close the deal with potential employers, Michael Sam was broadcasting his sexuality and tongue kissing his little white boyfriend. He was doing interviews about his sexuality and not his talent.

    Other gay guys should view the Michael Sam situation as a teaching point. Seal the deal. Make a team and get your signature on a contract before you become an activist.

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