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Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers: 'I'm Not Gay. I Really, Really Like Women'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers responded today to rumors that cropped up earlier this week alleging he has been in a relationship with a man.

RodgersThe Mercury News reports:

“I’m just going to say I’m not gay,” Rodgers said Tuesday on 540 ESPN Milwaukee. “I really, really like women. That’s all I can really say about that.”

That topic came up when he was asked about the positives and negatives of being a celebrity, to which the Chico native and Cal product talked about the “uncool side” of dealing with “crazy rumors.”

“There’s always going to be silly stuff out there in the media which you can’t worry too much about, and I don’t,” Rodgers said. “So, just, keep on trucking. I think professional should be professional, and personal is personal.”

Listen to the audio:

The rumors, published by gossip site The Fame Driven, alleged that Rodgers, fresh off his recovery from an injured collarbone that kept the former Superbowl MVP off the field for 8 weeks, has been in a relationship with his longtime personal assistant and roommate, Kevin Lanflisi. Lanflisi and Rodgers met while Lanflisi was an intern for the Packers.

The 'spy' also drew attention to a series of since deleted tweets from Lanflisi's Twitter account that show Lanflisi trying on Rodgers' Super Bowl ring and suggest the pair's relationship was more than platonic. 

Rodgers, for his part, mentioned Lanflisi in interviews, saying in 2008,

"He’s been great for me as far as great conversations outside of football,” he said. “Our friendship goes a lot deeper than what we do."

And in 2011,

“I kind of judge how those people are based on how they are to people like Kevin,” Rodgers explains. “Kevin, he’s not a famous person. I want to see if they give Kevin the time of day, or if they big-time him.”

The site's sources also speculated that Rodgers was one of the rumored NFL stars set to come out of the closet this past summer and his decision not to come out caused a rift between Rodgers and Lanflisi, ultimately leading to their break up. 

You can check out some more images of Lanflisi's deleted tweets, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is a VERY interesting story and it's going to make a fantastic film. I wish them both well, they look like lovely guys who I hope will get back together after the inevitable is all over.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 29, 2013 3:31:48 PM


  2. Outings by bitter exes are probably not the most effective way of inspiring professional athletes to step up as role models. If anything this episode will drive others further into the closet. They might even think twice about showing themselves to fall in love. That's the opposite of what our movement is supposed to be about.

    Posted by: DW | Dec 29, 2013 3:37:12 PM


  3. You got to be pretty sad as a person to out your ex. Either way, if true, I hope Aaron is able to take advantage of the situation and turn it into something positive. Good luck to him.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 29, 2013 3:48:01 PM


  4. I wish the tabloids would let these people come out if and when they want. I wish they all felt comfortable with it in their professions, but as long as there as so many haters, it should remain a personal choice.

    Posted by: Jeff York | Dec 29, 2013 3:48:26 PM


  5. Outings by bitter exes and trashy tabloids are probably not the most effective way to inspire professional athletes to step up as role models. If anything, this episode is likely to drive some further into the closet. Some might even avoid falling in love for fear of harm to their career. That's the opposite of what our movement is supposed to be about.

    Posted by: DW | Dec 29, 2013 3:48:56 PM


  6. You do not have one shred of proof of your allegations (aside from anonymous "spies"). Thought this blog, unlike Queerty from where you copied the story, had just a bit of integrity.

    Posted by: newday | Dec 29, 2013 3:50:10 PM


  7. This is awesome news good job by Queerty and The Fame Driven for outing Rodgers. The mainstream heterosexual media are silent about Rodgers due to homophobia. The press report about the love lives of straight athletes so why not the gays?

    Posted by: Ja | Dec 29, 2013 3:50:20 PM


  8. Well, i don't know what to think, if you give credit to some twitters you must give credit to others (when he claim that his dream girl is probably on a poet convention or something like that).

    If they say spy, it's a little lame to blame after that half of the supposed couple (or ex couple).

    Probably this will blow up in next days, but i think we'll get a "i'm not gay" press release very soon

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 29, 2013 3:54:48 PM


  9. This is just wrong. People should not be involuntarily outed unless they've engaged in anti-gay activities and the outing is intended to highlight their hypocrisy. He may be a public figure but he has a right to privacy and if (and I emphasize IF) he is gay, he should be allowed to decide whether and when to disclose that to the public.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 29, 2013 3:58:31 PM


  10. Oh, please. I really, really like (most) women, too - but only from the neck up!

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 31, 2013 4:46:55 PM


  11. His first Discount Doublecheck/touchdown dance commercial was hilarious.

    I love Aaron Rogers. I am happy if he were gay; happy if he is bi; happy if he is straight.

    If he were the gay NFL player, though, we could not have asked for a better one. Dude was clutch on Sunday 4th quarter.

    Posted by: bravo | Dec 31, 2013 4:54:55 PM


  12. @Ryan

    I strongly disagree. Anti-gay activities are bad regardless of hypocrisy. More importantly, sexual orientation is either a very private matter (i.e. "who you sleep with") or an immutable trait, like ethnicity. We can't have it both ways, celebrating "openly gay" people while protecting the ones in the closet.

    Posted by: Eugene | Dec 31, 2013 5:03:02 PM


  13. I just want to say that Wentworth miller Said the exactly same thing in 2007, but he came out in 2013.
    http://www.newnownext.com/prison-break-star-wentworth-miller-in-2007-im-not-gay/08/2013/

    Posted by: Neal | Dec 31, 2013 5:03:12 PM


  14. What a piece of self-hating trash!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 31, 2013 5:10:22 PM


  15. Well, i was right.

    And yes, with a very few exceptions, most coming outs came after a good bunch of denials

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 31, 2013 5:14:13 PM


  16. JJOSE712

    To be honest, i really don't care if he is gay cause if he is, he will eventually come back. There are endless cases regarding to this phenomenons.

    Posted by: Neal | Dec 31, 2013 5:17:40 PM


  17. Whatever happened to Manti Te'o being gay? He's a whacko, but not gay. We always get our rumors wrong, then run with them.

    Posted by: will | Dec 31, 2013 5:23:27 PM


  18. I read about this earlier in the week. What I read was that the football guy was supposed to come out but wouldn't - his excuse was that he doesn't want to be the first and take the brunt. This caused them to break up because the BF has had it. So the BF is going public.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Dec 31, 2013 5:23:53 PM


  19. Liar.

    Posted by: Freddie | Dec 31, 2013 5:24:36 PM


  20. Is he protesting too much? No really really straight man will say things like that.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 31, 2013 5:26:14 PM


  21. Well this is like Mike( I'm not GAY!) Piazza- but Rodgers seems like a cooler dude.

    Posted by: jarago | Dec 31, 2013 5:27:46 PM


  22. @Raphael "You got to be pretty sad as a person to out your ex."

    Actually you have to be a pretty sad person to be closeted, not acknowledge your significant other and lead a deceitful life.

    Really, Out them all. If celebs feared outing they would come out in droves so they could control it.

    Stop enabling liars. Its not 1975. We don't have to keep who was at the Tea Dance secret anymore

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Dec 31, 2013 5:27:56 PM


  23. I love when people say: "Oh, I read about this" as if there were a number of different sources that did independent reporting and came to the same conclusion. This rumor is based on a single source and all the pick-up stories and internet links are based to that same single source. It that single source turns out to be wrong, it all crumbles. Where is the corroborating evidence, please?

    Posted by: will | Dec 31, 2013 5:32:57 PM


  24. Actually will, That's not true. THese rumors have been around for a long time, and there are multiple sources on the internet dating back to at least 2011.
    While the rumors may not be true, you statement that it is all from one source is provably false.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 31, 2013 5:38:58 PM


  25. Nunya.F.Bidness everyone

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Dec 31, 2013 5:42:31 PM


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