Aaron Rodgers is one of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. With that success comes plenty of scrutiny, and the scrutiny around him this week has not focused on his public play but rather is private life.
A little-known website published a story speculating the Packers quarterback was gay after a falling out with his live-in, male assistant and some odd tweets from that assistant. But on Tuesday, Rodgers put any speculation to rest.
"I'm just going to say I'm not gay," Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde during Rodgers' weekly radio interview. "I really, really like women. That's all I can really say about that."
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. David Banks/Getty Images
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To be fair, the rumors weren't that convincing to begin with. They centered on an anonymous source and some sketchy texts as well as the rumor from this summer that a big name sports star was about to come out of the closet. But even the prone-to-juicy-gossip sports site Deadspin wasn't buying it.
"Aaron Rodgers is a much better authority on whether Aaron Rodgers is gay than that one guy you know whose brother lives in Green Bay," author Tim Marchman wrote.