[Blind Gossip] As you watch the Super Bowl this weekend, we want you to think about a man who is one of the most famous American athletes of the past two decades. You may have heard some whispers about him over the years, but we are going to tell you the whole story.
A couple of years after he was drafted, he fell for a sports reporter who had covered him since the beginning of his professional career. The two started out as friends and eventually embarked on a relationship that lasted for several years.
One reason they never made their relationship public is because they were both in other relationships. The sportscaster was living with someone else at the time and the athlete was publicly dating some beautiful and famous women.
The other reason they didn’t make their relationship public is because the sportscaster is a man. Yes, our superstar athlete is gay. Always has been. The female celebrities he dated (including a very famous actress) and the wife he eventually married and divorced were all beards to dispel the gay rumors.
While he publicly denies that he is gay, he has been involved with many men over the years. The relationship with the sportscaster was the longest one that we know about. Our athlete only had one live-in boyfriend that we know about, a young male college student who moved out after two years when the gay rumors started up again. While our athlete doesn’t have a boyfriend right now, he sees plenty of men. He loves throwing boys-only parties (which supposedly get pretty wild), and, since he is a rich, handsome, affable former professional athlete, he pretty much has his pick of any boy he wants. Whenever those pesky rumors surface, he can always find a pretty female who is thrilled to be seen on his very celebrated arm.
Why doesn’t he come out? Well, he has watched with great interest the reception that other gay professional athletes have gotten, and, in his opinion, it’s not worth it. He has plenty of money, but he knows that his many endorsement deals would likely dry up as soon as he came out. He is worried about the backlash from former teammates and from fans that idolized him and hung posters of him on their wall. He believes his legacy would suffer.
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And if you think that our athlete’s worries are unfounded, try this at your Super Bowl party this weekend: Ask the straight man sitting next to you who he thinks are the greatest professional athletes of the last twenty years. Pick any of the names, state that the athlete is gay, and watch his reaction. That’s why this superstar athlete isn’t coming out anytime soon.
[Optional] Are you rooting for the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl?