This hasn’t been a very good year for free agent NFL safety Kerry Rhodes.
Over the summer, his former assistant pretty much outed him, claiming that the two had more than a working relationship.
Now the season is underway and Rhodes is still out of a gig.
Apart from the retired Ronde Barber, Rhodes is the only player in PFF’s top 30 safeties from 2012 that doesn’t currently have a job. Look at his career stats and you will see that there was no obvious drop-off in the quality of Rhodes’s play in 2012 compared to the seven previous seasons. He’s been serviceable at worst and Pro Bowl-caliber at best. Nothing about him has changed except for the fact that someone put up a picture of him with his arm around a dude. Rhodes has vehemently denied the gay rumors, and yet the mere suspicion of his gayness seems to have been enough to make him unemployable.
Earlier this year NBA free agent Jason Collins came out as gay. He also remains a free agent.
Wow. A very good player unemployed after gay rumors surface.
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