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.