Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers surprisingly decided to address the rumors surrounding his sexuality in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
The Aaron Rodgers gay rumors stem from an alleged falling out with his personal assistant, but the NFL star told Wisconsin's ESPN 540 that he's straight.
“I’m just going to say I’m not gay,” he said. “I really, really like women.”
Rodgers has long kept his life away from football guarded, which surely helped fuel speculation that he and Kevin Lanflisi were involved romantically.
In Tuesday's radio sit-down, he mentioned the gay rumors and the broader subject of keeping his personal life private with brevity and a bit of incredulity.
“There’s always going to be silly stuff out there in the media and you can’t worry too much about it. I don’t.” Rodgers said, "I just, keep on trucking."
The 30-year-old Super Bowl XLV MVP added that, “I think professional is professional and personal is personal and that’s how I’m going to keep it.”
There's no proof that Rodgers is gay, but his close relationship with Lanflisi, some cryptic tweets and a string of circumstantial "evidence" sparked speculation.
Lanflisi has been alluding to the end of a relationship much deeper than a friendship, and he has never had a public relationship with a woman.
"All that time spent on 'us' is now spent on 'me,'" Kevin wrote. "I wish you would learn to love people and use things... Not the other way around."
Rodgers and Lanflisi had been best friends and lived together for several years. He also ominously wrote that "silence has an expiration date."
Some Internet theorists then linked this to a report from this past summer, when four gay NFL players were reportedly on the verge of coming out.
An unnamed source claims Rodgers was one of them, but backed out "at the last minute," which led to a rift with a bitter Lanflisi, who has moved out.
Rodgers, it should be noted, has been in a relationship with Destiny Newton since 2011, though true to his word, he doesn't broadcast this at all.
Regardless, Rodgers and the Packers will play host to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Lambeau Field in the first round of the NFL Playoffs.