Aaron Rodgers almost became one of first NFL players to come out of the closet, report says

Categories: GLBT, Sports
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In a since-deleted tweet, Rodgers poses with the man some are suggesting is his ex.
Take this with an appropriately sized grain of salt, but according to a story first broken by The Fame Driven gossip site, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost became one of the first NFL players to come out of the closet as gay earlier this year.

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Fame Driven, citing an unnamed source close to A-Rodg and his alleged ex-boyfriend, reports that the former MVP was one of four NFL players who were in talks last spring with former Ravens linebacker and gay rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo about coming out as a group. But for whatever reason, A-Rodg got cold feet, and his reluctance caused a rift between him and his alleged ex, the report says.

The Fame Driven started doing some online sleuthing after they received this anonymous tip about Rodgers and his former personal assistant and roommate, Kevin Lanflisi:
Aaron has attended numerous sports award shows with Kevin, always color coordinated and without any double female dates, including the ESPY's. Kevin was also the first person Aaron embraced when the Packers won the Super-bowl in 2011. I just find it really strange that as of late there has been many bitter subliminal tweets on Kevin Lanflisi's twitter alluding to a relationship much deeper than a friendship he had, with who I perceive to be Aaron Rodgers, because Kevin has NEVER once tweeted about having a girlfriend, just mainly about the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, and Justin Bieber's music and sitting front row at Bieber's concert. There has been speculation for years here in Wisconsin that Aaron is gay which I always brushed off, but after looking at Kevin's twitter I'm inclined to believe Aaron and Kevin were more than just roommates/friends, I believe they were lovers.
Tweets from Lanflisi's Twitter account suggest that while he and Rodgers were besties up through the end of 2011, something caused them to drift apart since then. Consider the tweet at the top of the post, along with warm exchanges like this one (most of the tweets featured in this post have since been deleted from Lanflisi's account):

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But according to Fame Driven, Lanflisi recently moved back to California, where he's posting cryptic breakup tweets like this:

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In one since-deleted tweet from this September, Lanflisi, wearing a wrestling-style championship belt -- A-Rodg's trademark touchdown celebration involves him pretending to put on a belt of that sort -- suggests he's keeping a secret that might be revealed sooner or later:

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Rodgers is a devout Christian. During a radio appearance in late 2011, he explained his faith thusly:
I feel like my stance and my desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, 'Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.' So basically, I'm not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not, and ask questions, and then given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit. I firmly believe, just personally, what works for me, and what I enjoy doing is letting my actions speak about the kind of character that I want to have, and following that quote from St. Francis.
Indeed, Fame Driven tempers its own report with a bit of skepticism, writing that "it's very far fetched and hard to comprehend or believe one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL (Aaron Rodgers) and a hip hop gospel poet (Kevin Lanflisi), both devout Christians, engaged in an alleged homosexual relationship." Then again, there are plenty of Christian denominations that are gay friendly, so it's not as though being Christian and being gay are mutually exclusive.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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158 comments
SamISme
SamISme

His ball playing skills on the field don't look the least bit gay to me. Who cares if he's gay, the dude can throw a ball well enough to win games. That's all I give two sh**s about.

edvinlee
edvinlee

Don't football players his caliber make a lot of money. Why does he have a roommate? Yeah his radio interview seems not very convincing. Its sad that the world cares so much about someone's sexuality. But I have to say, they made a cute couple tho. 

Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson

Haha omg you gotta hear his response on a milwaukee radio station. All I'm going to say is I'm not gay... I Really,really like, women haha and he wasn't convincing at all lol

Phil Degeneffe
Phil Degeneffe

Not surprising since the Packers are already the most progressive team in the league, Brian Nieken.

chrisscottatl
chrisscottatl

Guys- Aaron was married and living with his girlfriend - it just wasn't Des - get a clue people.

Leave 'em alone- sheez, break ups are hard but to do so in public

argentorob
argentorob

As my Irish friends say..."Queer as Christmas, this one.."  Hiding under the mantle of being a devout Christian and/or using a childhood female friend as a not so subtle beard...even the pictures of these two guys together look much more intimate than any pics of ARod with his "girlfriend"..someone better get some hush money to Kevin, the hip hop gospel rapper, STAT..this story is going to blow up. Come out, come out Aaron, the water is fine. BRILLIANT if he came out the night before the Super Bowl


Al Do
Al Do

Chong Vang check out your boy Aaron Rodgers.. Chucky Sin

Nick Matz
Nick Matz

Who cares!! As a Packers fan I could less if he was gay, straight or a damn alien. Top 3 QB in the league regards of who he is or not sleeping with.

Andrew Larson
Andrew Larson

Pretty sad when the devastation of another lack lust season by the Vikings brings out erroneous allegations against the leader of the NFC North Champs!!!

Tina Cooper
Tina Cooper

EXACTLY. He wouldn't be any less of a quarterback if he were gay. Big fat hairy deal. All I can say is score one for team female ;)

Dorthy Kingery
Dorthy Kingery

Firstly... SO WHAT IF HE IS!? Secondly... Does anyone else find the timing of this suspicious?! I mean his supposed bf went back home to CALIFORNIA..

Cami Stern
Cami Stern

What I thought he was Married ???

Jordan James
Jordan James

Ugh. Not cool, City Pages. If any of this speculative he said/she said garbage is remotely true, it's his call when to come out or not...why feed the rumor mill? Why spread such personal information? You and Perez Hilton are in the same boat today...congrats.

Stephen Petitjean
Stephen Petitjean

who gives a fuck about another gay millionare. I got my own fuckn problems

Carolyn R. Laude-Weiland
Carolyn R. Laude-Weiland

With the exception of children... I don't care who, WHAT or how many people Aaron is attracted to... All I see is a great player coming out of his closet with a fantastic suit on. He is adorable. Possibly Gay? And that's an issue why?

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Who cares if he's gay or not! How is this shit even news?

femonanon
femonanon

"I’ve got a roommate, a guy I met in town. He works for the Packers now as an athletic trainer, but he was interning when I met him and we just hit it off. He’s been great for me as far as great conversations outside of football.

*Our friendship goes a lot deeper than what we do."

how does Rogers say something like this and deny he's been in a relationship with Kevin?

half of the NFL already just assumed anyway

THE BOYS LIVED TOGETHER FOR 4 YEARS

I don't care a bit if he is but why hide it?

Lynne Hausman
Lynne Hausman

I don't care if he is gay, but I would be very disappointed if he hid it or otherwise lied about it.

DONNIEMAN79
DONNIEMAN79

MY QB HAS A HOTTIE FOR A GIRLFRIEND!! NOT A HOMO FOR SURE.. I BET SOME LAME ASS SAN FRAN FAN STARTED THIS SHIT SIMPLY TO CREATE A DISTRACTION IN OUR LOCKER ROOM THIS WEEK.. #CANT DISTRACT THE PACK ATTACK!!! 



Andy Zafuto
Andy Zafuto

He can stay in the closet. That's cool. He's an awesome quarterback. I wonder if he's a top or a bottom? Well, I don't want to find out. Ouch!!

Rob Chapman
Rob Chapman

Well when he had that mustache I thought he was one of the village people

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

I said rural Wisconsin as I assumed there would be a greater amount of packer fans than rural Minnesota. Munnesota still has a ways to go with the whole gay marriage acceptance as well, but I don't want to delve too deep into it as this is a light-hearted comment.

Guy Rustad
Guy Rustad

Who cares! What he does in his bedroom is none of my business. What I do in my bedroom is none of his business!

Dana Allen
Dana Allen

From his mouth" I'm not gay. I like women." On his radio show today.

Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

As long as you're comparing urban Twin Cities to rural Wisconsin, (which native Twin Citians have a tendency to do) then you're probably right, Matthew. But that'd be as unfair as comparing Milwaukee to rural Minnesota.

Nancy B Vang
Nancy B Vang

AJ Eskridge Liz Vang Brian Vasquez! He was giving away too many of his discount double checks...

Mark Rosenthal
Mark Rosenthal

Dont know what to think.. As long as he wins games.

KimAnne Schooler
KimAnne Schooler

He almost came out. Sorry, but that's a hilarious headline.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Now go report on all the strait football players, or the white ones. That must be newsworthy too. "clay matthews going to come out as being caucasian, says rumor-mill-libel-rag" Yep, there's a headline. morons...

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly

doesn't matter if they wrote it or they're re-running it, they're still publishing unsubstantiated crap for the world to see. And who give a shit (if he's gay). If he wants the public to know about his private life, let him do it himself. What an ass

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

See, that's what people want to know. They don't care if he's gay, they just want to know if he passes or receives in the sack.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

You care, that's why you read the story. Stop being a hypocrite.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

nobody would argue that it's not for anyone to decide whether or not a pro football QB should be open about his sexuality. as for giving "a shit," a lot of people would, silly boy. 


DONNIEMAN79
DONNIEMAN79

@TweetsAreYours WHY ARE U AT THE CENTER CENTER OF ALL THIS? ARE U A REPORTER?

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