“You Can’t Sit With Us,” Says The NFL to Kerry Rhodes?
it puzzles me why kerry rhodes still hasn’t found a team.
nfl season has started and not one peep or try out.
what is really going on?
i was reading an article on deadspin that implies kerry may have been blacklisted.
it leaves the question:
Will kerry rhodes ever play professional football again?…
Free agent safety Kerry Rhodes was more or less outed by Media Takeout during the offseason (the pictures that MTO posted of him with another man appear to have been scrubbed from the site). He still hasn’t found a job. This is fucked up, because Kerry Rhodes is good. In fact, by many metrics, he’s very good.
Rhodes picked off four passes last season (two of them came against the Jets, but still!) and was part of the fifth-best pass defense in the NFL. Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the fourth-best safety in all of football in 2012. Apart from the retired Ronde Barber, Rhodes is the only player in PFF’s top 30 safeties from 2012 that doesn’t currently have a job.
I called 5 Star Athlete Management, which represents Rhodes, to ask if the safety had fielded any calls this week. Jennifer Thatcher, a VP at the agency, confirmed that Rhodes got no tryouts after Week 1, but she declined to comment any further.
Even if you’re unmoved by any social-justice concerns here, there’s the basic football problem of it. My favorite team BLOWS at strong safety right now, and it annoys me that they, along with 31 other teams, have so conspicuously avoided giving a capable defensive player like Rhodes so much as a tryout.
This is a league that pays endless lip service to the idea that the best players play, regardless of skin color, politics, religion, whatever. If Rhodes’s sexuality is a nonissue for teams, then what else is wrong with him? What other explanation is there? Did his fucking legs fall off? There’s no indication that Rhodes is no longer interested in playing football. As recently as July, Rhodes said four teams were pursuing him. He has yet to file retirement papers. As a nine-year vet, Rhodes would be entitled to a league minimum of $840,000 under the current CBA: not cheap but not exorbitant. There’s no indication he is sitting around, expecting someone to hand him $30 million in guarantees. This is the NFL. If you’re on your couch and the league calls and offers you a job for the minimum, you go. Ask Brandon Jacobs.
If Rhodes and Jason Collins spend the next full year unemployed, that’s basically a gigantic FUCK YOU from general managers. DURRRRR WE CAN’T HAVE OUR BOYS DISTRACTED BY THE IDEA OF YOU SUCKING A DICK DURRRRRR. It would send a clear signal to closeted players to keep their mouths shut. And if Rhodes can be shunned, how many other players have been shunned for other various, imbecilic reasons?
so he has to worry about a raging raccoon and the upper echelon of the nfl?
kerry who has been a stellar player,
no scandals that jeopardized his or someone’s life,
only ends up gets the shit of the stick?
that’s completely fucked up.
what happens in his personal life should not effect his business.
is that what the nfl is seeing?
i heard allegedly peanut was calling teams to slander kerry.
telling them kerry was creepin’ on his teammate’s privates.
he even shades kerry every chance he gets on his instagram about him not finding a team.
why is 40 year old claudia jordan acting like she is in high school?
someone punch him please.
just one good one.
i’m still baffled why there was no cease and desist sent to peanut?
my lawyers would have been so up his ass,
he would have to ask if he could take a shit without being sued.
one thing i will say white celebrities don’t even play that slander shit.
they come out the womb ready to sue.
so the nfl gives/keeps contracts to players who beat their vixens,
drink and drive,
or pretty much have the world of fuck ups.
the fourth best free agent safety gets put to the back of the line?
everything about kerry’ sexuality is still alleged,
but is this one of the reasons many stay in the closet?
i’m not saying it’s right to stay in there,
and you are free to come out if you choose,
but some people truly don’t have the luxury.
it could be career,
or even plain ol fear.
you are allowed to question if it maybe a good idea.
your livelihood can get taken away if there is even a hint of gay?
so i had to wonder…
Do gay guys really finish last?
lowkey: i really hate he is being bullied and people are applauding it.
dead ass if people were in his shoes,
and they were getting treated like this,
they would be ready to curl up in a ball and cry.
its ridiculous bad behavior is being applauded.
article source: deadspin