Who Cares If Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Is Gay?

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Early on Monday morning, numerous outlets reported that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been engaging in a secret gay relationship with his former personal assistant Kevin Lanflisi. The rumors seemingly have some basis to them, as numerous tweets, Wisconsin based rumors and now leaks from Lanflisi himself have implicated Rodgers, and Rant Sports’ own Ryan Heckman has provided a good breakdown of where the reports currently stand.

While for those who are interested in pop culture, and the rumor industry will find these reports to be hugely compelling, I must ask only one key question. This question is, why does it matter what Rodgers does off the field, or who he chooses as his life partner?

The most important aspect to look at this from is a football perspective, and of course there really is nothing to find here. If Rodgers is gay, it surely has not affected his football performance on the field by even a tick.

When the quarterback returned from a broken collarbone to complete 25 of 39 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns — including a 48 yard game winning and NFC North clinching touchdown with only 38 seconds left — in a victory over the Chicago Bears his sexual orientation did not seem to matter. Nor did it matter when he was garnering a 58-29 record as a starter, 188 career touchdowns, three Pro Bowl appearances, 2011 NFL MVP Award, 2011 Super Bowl MVP Award or 2011 Super Bowl victory that the quarterback has.

It did not seem that Rodgers was thinking about his sexual partner (whomever that may be) when he has been on the field for the Packers the last nine years, and if he has been then it surely works well. Does anyone realistically think that this (alleged) relationship with another man was affecting how much the Packers locker room loves their quarterback?

I, for one, doubt that anyone in Green Bay would rather have Matt Flynn – with his wife Lacey Minchew — leading the way instead of Rodgers at any point in the near future. After all, in sports, winning matters above all else, and the Packers went a dreadful 2-4-1 under Flynn and 6-3 with Rodgers at the helm, so there is no contest in sporting matters.

When it comes to off-the-field antics, there is also nothing to be talked about when it comes to Rodgers. Never before has he been involved in a criminal investigation, or done anything else that would bring negative publicity to the Packers. Simply put, the quarterback is a complete role model off the field, and continues to be so even after these rumors have come out.

So whatever your views on gay marriage and the rights of gay couples are, in this instance, it does not really matter. More than anything in life, Aaron Rodgers is a human being and the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. In both instances, he is succeeding immensely.

Tyler Leli is a Washington Capitals writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or join his network on Google.


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  • Mike the Tiger

    Facts do matter though. Flynn was 2-2-1 NOT 2-4-1.

    • Tyler Leli

      Very good point on that, I made a mistake. Should be noted that the Packers went 2-4-1 without Rodgers starting during the current season, Flynn only 2-2-1. I still think everyone would rather have Rodgers than Flynn.

  • A. Hamilton

    Well, the story about Favre texting a cheerleader was apparently fair game for you all in the media, but this is out of bounds??? Nope, can’t have it both ways. Rodgers was put on a pedestal by the media before he ever even accomplished anything. And now you’re afraid something might bring him down. Boo hoo. But the real reason this story is so funny and has relevance is because Northeast Wisconsin is extremely conservative and backwards and the reaction among the illiterate bigots that make up the majority of the Packers fanbase will be hilarious.

    • Tyler Leli

      Personally I thought that the Favre story was rather overboard, just like I do the Rodgers one. I can not speak for all of my colleagues though, as there is certainly a large portion of people who find things like this to be interesting. To me there is really no story regarding an athlete that needs to be reported unless he is defaming himself, or his sporting team, which one could actually argue Favre was.
      Either way, I hope that those in Wisconsin (or anywhere else) do not look down upon Rodgers for who he chooses as a sexual partner.

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  • emptyhand777 .

    The only chance homosexuality has of being accepted in the culture of the NFL is IF a big name superstar comes out. What better champion for acceptance than the best player in the game?

    NFL fans accept alleged rapists, wife beaters, drug abusers, drunks, PED users, even drug dealers as long as they help the team win. Why would acceptance be any different for a gay man if that man helps the team win? IF AR is gay and IF he comes out, AR is the best man for gaining acceptance for ALL gay NFL players.

    • Tyler Leli

      I think you make a good point for public perception. I personally think there are already some players who have come out to their teammates though, and I would guess 99% are fine with it. As long as you don’t let your outside life affect you or your team there should be no issue in my opinion.

  • Andrea Potos

    I support Aaron completely. Homophobes go home.

    • Tyler Leli

      Thank you for the read, and I would surely be disappointed if other fans didn’t feel the same way about supporting A-Rodgers, but surely some will not.

  • Hank K.

    You gay bashers should check your family tree.

  • B S

    well, good for him, and good for you.

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