Let’s be clear right from the start. None of these athletes are confirmed to be gay or anything like that. The purpose of this list is to go a bit more in depth about some of the rumors that are surrounding these players, not to convince the reader that these athletes are gay. Or, and not to quote Seinfeld, that there would be anything wrong with that.
In the modern day, it is completely acceptable and encouraged for individuals to be who they really are and receive support from those around them. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been like that forever, especially not in sports.
For a long time, those in sports were hiding who they really were to avoid scrutiny from the public, fans and their league. Players would be completely living a lie, without anyone suspecting a thing for the most part.
In fact, as society is now much more open to people no matter their orientation, we have seen a ton more athletes, both active and retired, come out and admit that they are homosexuals, and it's absolutely a great thing. Despite this improvement, there are likely still plenty of pro athletes all over the world who are afraid to truly be themselves.
This list will look at some of the most high profile examples of pro athletes who have had rumors about being gay surrounding them, but again, none of those are confirmed and even if they were confirmed, they would be something to celebrate.
10 Josh Selby
Josh Selby is currently playing in Israel, but he was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers (though he only saw floor time with the Grizz) during his time in the NBA. In 2011, rumors began swirling that Selby was gay, or at least bi-curious. These rumors stemmed from an alleged email that Selby sent to another man that contained suggestive photos and text. Selby has always denied that it was him who sent it and that he was set up, but the rumors kept on swirling.
9 Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis is among the best track and field athletes of all time, winning numerous gold medals across the world. He's generally considered one of the greatest pure athletes of all time. Lewis has also been subject to rumors about his sexuality for around 30+ years. He has always denied the rumor and it hasn’t proven to be true, but sadly there has been backlash for the rumor that has hurt Lewis. It is thought that he lost out on numerous possible endorsement deals because of the rumors and that's an absolute tragedy.
8 Ovie Mughelli
Ovie Mughelli is an interesting example on this list, because his rumor was started by an alleged ex-lover, who told his story to a popular website and outed Mughelli. The ex-boyfriend provided numerous photographs and receipts and claimed the relationship started in college, but ended once Mughelli became a pro football player for “professional” reasons. We are unsure whether the jilted ex-lover is telling the truth or not, but he is very adamant that he is.
7 Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry is best known for being a former NBA big man who failed to live up to his hype and potential. Curry however, is also known by some because of the allegations that he is gay. His former chauffeur filed a lawsuit, stating that Curry was sexually suggestive and inappropriate around towards him. It should be known, however, that his chauffeur is a convicted felon and isn’t a very reliable source, so this could all be made up, but it deserves a spot on this list either way.
6 Kerry Rhodes
Kerry Rhodes is a former DB in the NFL, with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, who enjoyed a solid eight year career. It was alleged by a former assistant of Rhodes’ that the two were involved in a relationship and that they were in love with each other. There are also photos floating around of Rhodes in some precarious positions, that could easily fuel to these rumors. Rhodes has denied these rumors since they have come about.
5 Manti Te’o
Manti Te’o is a very solid football player, but has become infamous and well-known for the hoax that led to Te’o claiming he had a girlfriend who didn’t really exist. This elaborate hoax, whether perpetrated by Te’o or not, led people to question whether the whole thing was used to cover up his sexual orientation. In fact, it was even revealed that NFL teams were wondering about his sexual orientation before the draft. For what it’s worth, Te’o has denied all of the rumors.
4 Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is without a doubt one of the best NBA players of all time. He has been playing at a very high level for almost 20 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Most people will be shocked by this, but Duncan has actually faced rumors about his sexual orientation recently. His ex-wife has accused him of being gay and that Duncan’s lover from college actually lived with them for the first few years of their marriage. However, we should consider that this could simply be a bitter ex-wife trying to get back at Duncan.
3 Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza is a former MLB player and a potential future member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The rumors about him potentially being gay have been going on since the early 2000s. This rumor was that a member of the New York Mets was gay and people were speculating that it was Piazza . The rumor eventually caught his attention and he vehemently denied it and stated that "I can only say what I know and what the truth is and that’s I’m heterosexual and I date women. That’s it. End of story."
2 Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman is a former NFL QB who enjoyed a lot of success as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Questions about Aikman's sexual orientation have been around for decades and the rumor was started by Skip Bayless, when, in his book, he stated that Troy Aikman might be gay. This rumor has been going along for nearly 20 years and it has angered Aikman, to the point where he said that “it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated." As evidence by this quote, Aikman has always denied it.
1 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers who is arguably the best QB in the NFL, but he has also been subject to many rumors about his sexuality. These rumors began when he allegedly had a falling out with his former assistant and roommate, who claimed that he and Rodgers were romantically involved and were more than just roommates. Since their inception, Rodgers has denied all of the rumors and claimed that the man was nothing more than a friend, roommate and assistant.