NYJetsFan.com Forums: Kerry Rhodes: I Wasn't 'blacklisted' - NYJetsFan.com Forums

Jump to content

Toggle shoutbox NYJETSFAN BANTER

Bring something to the table!
ganggreen2003 Icon : (15 February 2015 - 11:23 PM) When the hell will the JETS get it that Pace SUCKS
ganggreen2003 Icon : (15 February 2015 - 11:23 PM) Babin being brought back isn't a big deal but Pace really?
azjetfan Icon : (16 February 2015 - 12:43 AM) There is no guarantee either will be on the roster opening day. This gives the Jets the most options in FA and the draft. For once I would love to see Jet fans not jump before the need
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 February 2015 - 12:39 PM) I'd cut Pace, we easily can upgrade over him in FA
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 February 2015 - 12:40 PM) Babin I'd keep , he had more QB pressures in way less snaps than Pace. And is cheap.
MikeGangGree... Icon : (17 February 2015 - 11:27 PM) its time to bring this back..........
MikeGangGree... Icon : (17 February 2015 - 11:27 PM) SUCK FOR THE DUCK
santana Icon : (18 February 2015 - 12:32 PM) THE BEETS
santana Icon : (18 February 2015 - 02:38 PM) HALA MADRID
MikeGangGree... Icon : (18 February 2015 - 02:46 PM) TEH MOTHER f***ing BEETS
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (18 February 2015 - 03:32 PM) Jets met with Josh McCown
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (18 February 2015 - 06:25 PM) Please no
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (19 February 2015 - 12:28 PM) Reports say Jets to go hard after CJ Spiller. Bring him aboard, he'll be a good signing. Was a stud in Chan's offense and RBs don't cost much
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (20 February 2015 - 12:09 PM) Saw that the Bills are meeting with Spiller and may sign him before FA.
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (20 February 2015 - 12:10 PM) if that happens, I think the Jets should go after Shane Vereen. Nice pass catching option out of the backfield, only 25.
Smedsthejet Icon : (20 February 2015 - 04:06 PM) Think Vereen would be a great option...I thought he was one of their best and most valuable performers during the playoffs and we need a back who can contribute in the passing game as well. Jets have been missing that piece since LT retired
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (21 February 2015 - 01:41 PM) Mariota ran a 4.52
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (21 February 2015 - 01:41 PM) Fastest for a QB since RG3
MikeGangGree... Icon : (21 February 2015 - 03:52 PM) SUCK FOR THE DUCK
ganggreen2003 Icon : (22 February 2015 - 04:46 PM) BREAKING NEWS: The New York JETS will be trading their #6 pick to Tampa Bay's #1 pick for a BAG of Shit and Darrelle Revis after he is signed in FA and sent back to Tampa Bay. - Source is Tom LaCanfora Glazer de la Menefee
santana Icon : (24 February 2015 - 03:18 PM) UEFA TIME
Chaos Icon : (25 February 2015 - 09:46 AM) http://seattle.sunti...-video-released
2JBallar01 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 04:54 PM) @RapSheet: The #Packers released LB AJ Hawk, their former first-round pick. It saves them $3.5M this year, which comes off their cap
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 05:13 PM) @AdamSchefter 58s59 seconds ago
Jaguars expected to hire former Jets GM John Idzik as a consultant, per source.
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 06:04 PM) FIRE IDZIK
ganggreen2003 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 06:52 PM) AJ Hawk getting cut means that the Packers are going to try real hard to lock up Cobb
ganggreen2003 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 06:52 PM) and the Lions released oft injured Reggie Bush
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 07:29 PM) The Packers had the cap space to lock up Cobb regardless
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 07:30 PM) But Bryan Bulaga is also a FA< so they have 2 important guys to re-sign. I think the OT is more important for Rodgers
ganggreen2003 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 09:17 PM) 22 days 21 hours 27 min till FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 10:06 PM) If we get rid of Harvin, Kevin White looks like a nice replacement.
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (25 February 2015 - 10:06 PM) 6'3 runs a 4.35 and had elite production in college
ganggreen2003 Icon : (26 February 2015 - 03:38 PM) NOT SO BREAKING NEWS: WINTER SUCKS
santana Icon : (26 February 2015 - 03:41 PM) Lol Liverpool
santana Icon : (26 February 2015 - 03:42 PM) epl teams sucking ass this year
ganggreen2003 Icon : (26 February 2015 - 04:41 PM) The Jills are negotiating with Josh "Tears of" McCown
ganggreen2003 Icon : (26 February 2015 - 07:24 PM) Now the Browns are trying to woo Josh "Tears of" McCown
MikeGangGree... Icon : (Yesterday, 01:59 PM) please please let the browns get him
ganggreen2003 Icon : (Yesterday, 06:40 PM) The Browns have signed Josh "Tears of" McCown
MikeGangGree... Icon : (Yesterday, 06:43 PM) YES!!
santana Icon : (Today, 12:18 PM) ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini speculates free agent Michael Vick may draw some interest from the Ravens.
santana Icon : (Today, 12:19 PM) vick stay here pls
ganggreen2003 Icon : (Today, 05:18 PM) Sucks Anthony Mason died
ganggreen2003 Icon : (Today, 05:19 PM) but Josh "Tears of" McCown is now a perennial loser going from Tampa Bay to Cleveland
ganggreen2003 Icon : (Today, 05:19 PM) going from one cesspool to another
Resize Shouts Area

Page 1 of 1

Kerry Rhodes: I Wasn't 'blacklisted'

#1 User is offline   azjetfan Icon

  • D Coordinator
  • Icon
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 3,073
  • Joined: 30-March 05
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Cheese Land Baby
  • Interests:Football, golf, banking and home improvements

  • NFL Team:

Posted 18 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

Quote

Veteran safety Kerry Rhodes hopes to play in the NFL if he can find the right opportunity, and doesn't believe rumors about his sexuality -- which he has always maintained were not true -- derailed his opportunity to play in the NFL last season.

"I don't think I was blacklisted," Rhodes said during a phone interview Tuesday. "Especially with the NFL I don't think they would do that ... to me it was a product of me wanting to do other things and not finding the right opportunity."

As the NFL is about to welcome the first openly gay player in Michael Sam, who will enter the NFL draft this season, many assume Rhodes had not been offered a job after a former associate told a number of websites that Rhodes was gay. Some speculated that Rhodes wouldn't feel comfortable coming out, but Rhodes said that has never been the case.

"I emphatically said no once and that's all I need to say and people who know me know that's definitely not the case," Rhodes said. "To me I'm definitely not and I can't control but people think, so I move on."

The Arizona Cardinals offered Rhodes a contract at the end of the 2012 season, when Rhodes was name the No. 4 safety in the league by Pro Football Focus. He turned that offer down, and poured his energy into a production company, acting in a comedy series "Good Cop, Bike Cop" and rolling out some children's fitness initiatives with his foundation.

Rhodes thinks money, more than rumors, might have hampered his signing with a team, since he wasn't going to take a deal that he wasn't comfortable with.

"Every option for me is open, I haven't retired," said Rhodes, who was drafted by the New York Jets in 2005. "It's about me staying ready to go, I would probably have to take a deal right now, but if an opportunity that's good for them and also good for me I would entertain it and want to come back and play. I still love football and it's still a part of me. That's not closed. But I'm not going to go into a situation where it's not beneficial to myself. Because with the things I'm doing now I feel pretty comfortable and confident. It's just what works best. But definitely haven't closed that door yet."

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, who played with Rhodes in New York and Arizona, said Rhodes got tarnished with the tag that he didn't play hard, which Feely said is not the case. In his book, Jets coach Rex Ryan called Rhodes "Hollywood," which alluded to his interest in acting and friendships with celebrities.

"I always found him to be a really good teammate," Feely said. "On the field, he's as good as any safety in the NFL."

Feely was surprised that Rhodes didn't get picked up by another team.

Rhodes has always been someone with interests outside of football. Right now that includes his production company, which is working on a documentary about former NBA player Antoine Walker, and a program called Now Let's Get Fit to combat obesity. For Rhodes, having those outside interests has been important in a sport that rewards uniformity.

"Sometimes you have to fit it, instead of people being themselves you have to fit in," Rhodes said. "I try to tell all the young guys, come in and be yourself you want to be accepted you want to come in, but you also want to lose your identity... It's a tough balance but it's something you have to maintain."

In part, it's why he wanted to take on a comedy role, to test himself during the first season away from the game since he was a kid.

"I'm never going to live life scared," Rhodes said.

Rhodes said watching games last season and seeing some teams struggle at the safety position gave him the feeling that he should keep his options open.

"I'm staying in shape, that hasn't changed," Rhodes said. "That's a big thing to me it's not just about me doing it for myself but also staying ready just in case I do get that call."

He's been able to give some thought to Sam's arrival in the NFL, a place where many thought a player would come out of the closet long before. Rhodes said he thinks Sam will have to prove himself, just like every rookie does, in order to be accepted.

"Not just him being Michael Sam the gay player, with his sexuality being at the forefront," Rhodes said. "But accepting him as him as a man and as a player."

Sam's teammates may face more scrutiny, but Rhodes doesn't expect that the locker room will need to change to accommodate the first openly gay player.

"I don't think the locker room will change," Rhodes said. "I think they will be more cognizant of it, it's such a big deal right now. I think they'll try to police it a little more but I don't think the locker room will change. Every locker room has a different dynamic."

As for Rhodes, he keeps an eye on the NFL and will remain ready to go, if the right opportunity is there. And if not, he is a person with other interests and abilities, and trusts that in whatever direction his life goes,it will be the right one.

"Knowing and staying true to myself, knowing my beliefs and the people around me knowing my beliefs, that's what's important to me," Rhodes said.

Posted Image
0

#2 User is offline   bleedsgreen Icon

  • Pro Bowl
  • Icon
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 399
  • Joined: 30-March 05
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:westchester NY

  • NFL Team:

  • MLB:

Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:44 PM

Here is the link of the trailer for Good Cop, Bike Cop

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=d4s8BaJ0fkw

Just when you though Kerry couldn't get any gayer you watch this!!
Posted Image
0

Page 1 of 1


Fast Reply

  

1 User(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users