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Why Didn’t Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rogers Come Out As Gay This Year?

December 28, 2013

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The rumors have swirled for years over Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers being gay.   One has to admit he does have that Jake Gyllenhaal look about him.  Many wondered if Rogers was gay why he did not take part in what had been promoted as a concerted effort by professional athletes to come out as a group to help move the homophobic football league forward.    That of course did not happen, but the story has not ended.    The fact is that his sexuality has nothing to do with his job as a football player.  That, in part, is the reason if he is gay he should come out.  Especially in Wisconsin and Green Bay where there needs to be some lights turned on, and the dialogue lifted when it comes to gay rights following the insanity that took place in 2006 with a constitutional amendment that was pure anti-gay bigotry.

With the stature and goodwill that Rogers has in the state he would be the perfect person to place at the forefront for why the old stereotypes need to be tossed aside.  Secondly, the boost this would give to all those gay kids in rural Wisconsin who seek role models and examples as to why they too can live the way there were born would be absolutely the best outcome that could be had as a result of Rogers’ action.

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Rumors are swirling that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the NFL stars expected to come out of the closet this summer, and a cyber sleuth site is all but confirming it with a wealth of dirt that suggests he’s also in a gay relationship.

The Fame Driven was apparently tipped off by an anonymous “spy,” who pointed to a number of now-deleted tweets from the Twitter account of Kevin Lanflisi, the man who worked as Rodgers’ “personal assistant” and lived in his home as “a roommate” for the last several years. (Kinda like Kerry Rhodes and his “friend”…)

According to the spy:

Aaron has attended numerous sports award shows with Kevin, always color coordinated and without any double female dates, including the ESPY’s. Kevin was also the first person Aaron embraced when the Packers won the Super-bowl in 2011. I just find it really strange that as of late there has been many bitter subliminal tweets on Kevin Lanflisi’s twitter alluding to a relationship much deeper than a friendship he had, with who I perceive to be Aaron Rodgers, because Kevin has NEVER once tweeted about having a girlfriend, just mainly about the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, and Justin Bieber’s music and sitting front row at Bieber’s concert. There has been speculation for years here in Wisconsin that Aaron is gay.

Rodgers first referred to the super-cute Lanflisi as his “roommate” in a 2008 interview with Sporting News, saying they “just hit it off” when Lanflisi was interning for the Packers. “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.”

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A friendship that apparently also came with a ring! And not just any ring—the prestigious Super Bowl MVP ring which was awarded to Rodgers in 2011. Lanflisi tweeted photos of himself wearing the ring once Rodgers brought it to their shared home.

Shortly after, Rodgers told MilwaukeeMag that he based friendships with other celebrities on whether or not they accepted his “personal assistant/roommate”:

“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.”

A source close to the couple also claimed their relationship is now in turmoil as a result of the botched mass NFL outing scheduled over the summer. Aaron Rodgers was allegedly one of the men involved, and his backing out at the last minute infuriated Lanflisi, shattering their relationship.

If their rumored relationship is actually fact, the truth could come sooner than we’d have thought. In the words of Kevin Lanflisi himself, “Silence always comes with an expiration date..”

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Alinka permalink
    January 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    Rick ;) and why would that be so important to know ? AR, who eats -lives- breathes football 9 hours a day most of his life, never had enough time to become a pro baseball player. So if he talks about wanting to play – or plays- baseball in his backyard or somewhere else for fun or charity, etc., sure, great ( and yawn).

    Yet being gay and not revealing it (IF he is INDEED gay, deke emphasized that we don’t know) when in todays sports world it wont hurt you financially, rather help very many – is wrong.

  2. January 1, 2014 12:17 PM

    Tom,

    I will let Don Lemon from CNN offer the response to your comment. Lemon said these words this week.

    Lemon said: ‘Hopefully for Robin, like me, empowerment quickly replaced fear once I did come out. And if people like Phil Robertson are deserving of keeping their platforms and are even defended and celebrated, then people like Don Lemon, or Thomas Roberts, or Rachel Maddow, or Sam Champion, or Anderson Cooper, or Robin Roberts are also deserving of their platforms and should be celebrated as well. That’s why it’s still important to come out and say very simply, “I’m gay.”‘

    Finally, I know you could not be serious when comparing a Faux News personality with the QB for a national football team in terms of who connects more with kids.

  3. tom permalink
    December 31, 2013 11:22 PM

    it is your assumption, not mine, that if Rodgers was gay he was hiding his sexuality out of shame or greed. Only in your eyes must one be publically gay–or straight–in order to be himself. Perhaps he thinks his sexuality is his own business and unimportant. Isnt this the way it is supposed to be? You hope Rodgers is gay and want to define him only as such; you make that the single most important aspect of his nature.

    It is also confusing that you claim that you don’t want to make an object or tool of Rodgers but (somehow without doing so) to move society to the point that it really will not matter at all what someone’s sexuality is (except for those cases where we can use a person’s sexuality for our purpose)…period.

    Furthermore, you, like Alinka, believe that Rodgers has a “responsibility.” Just how does he acquire this responsibility? Because he is successful? Could you please explain how his hard work earns him this additional burden? Doesn’t his charitable work fulfill his “responsibility?”

    I fear that in typical liberal fashion, what it comes down to is that the ends justify the means. A violent outing of Rodgers would be acceptable if some imaginary and statistical gay child somewhere would be benefitted how…. I think of how many gay children must have been helped by the outing of that guy on FOX.

  4. Rick permalink
    December 31, 2013 4:24 PM

    I have a “spy” that says Rodgers wants to play baseball. I wish he would just come out and say so.

  5. December 31, 2013 11:35 AM

    Tom,

    This story recently, and the rumors over the past few years about Rogers, makes me think of Ricky Martin. Everyone knew he was gay, but he could not bring himself to make it public until he was no longer the top performer that he once was. In other words, when the total limelight of Martin’s fame shined the brightest he was too timid (for economic fears, I suspect) to be himself. That is the reason that many are hopeful, that if Rogers is indeed gay, as Alinka commented, and I posted, that he come out at the height of his career, and in so doing make a great contribution to society.

    By not coming out it then allows for some sense of shame or guilt to be associated with being gay. No one, after all, has to ponder if they are going to ‘come out’ and announce they are straight. So if there is any one with the clout–and Rogers surely has that given his abilities on the football field and the fame it has brought—they do have a responsibility to make the path easier for others who are also gay to follow. By that I mean kids and those who live in rural areas that are frightfully closeted too much of the time.

    The mission is not use to use Rogers or any other person as a tool, but to move society to the point that it really will not matter at all what someone’s sexuality is…period. But in this state homophobes passed a constitutional amendment in 2006, there are still gay beatings, trash talk and bullying still takes place in our schools, and the professional sporting world is most homophobic.

    So yes, if Rogers is indeed gay he has a responsibility to the all those others who need his example in order to make their lives better, too.

  6. Tom permalink
    December 30, 2013 11:47 PM

    Wow, Alinka, how vain you must be to think that Rodgers has any responsibility to you! Your only interest in him is in what he can do for you. Pathetic. Why can’t the man be left in peace to do as he chooses. What is it with the LGBT fanatics that drives them to use everyone as a tool, to see people only as objects, and then to praise themselves for their great morality.

  7. Alinka permalink
    December 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    mlerc, you are right, it’s not our business – it’s his duty. In the midst of fighting for New Civil Rights it would demonstrate the integrity of Roger’s character. Every popular athlete is a role model for the young, it’s hard to underestimate the power of his influence. If he is, indeed, gay, coming out while he is in the spotlight is imperative.

  8. December 30, 2013 11:39 AM

    That is called a typo–and obviously so since it happened one time. Still, I thank you for the heads up. Will be interesting to see how this story plays in the national sports world.

  9. mlerc permalink
    December 29, 2013 7:25 PM

    Two reasons: it is none of any one else’s business, and you might learn to spell his name correctly: AARON.

  10. December 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    I agree I think if Aaron Rodgers is gay he should come out of the closet.

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