New rumors have surfaced questioning whether San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is gay, but he is hardly the first athlete to face gay rumors. Duncan's wife, Amy, reportedly claimed that he had a relationship with another man during their 12-year marriage and that it was the cause of their current divorce proceedings. A separate source also accused Amy of cheating on Tim by sleeping with her trainer. Tim has not addressed the gay rumors, but if he does, he'll be the most recent in a long line of athletes who have had to address whether they are gay.
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Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o told a heartbreaking story of losing his grandmother and then his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, during a six-hour window in September 2012, which he used as motivation to lead his team to a 20-3 upset victory over Michigan State. However, it turned out his dead girlfriend was a hoax and there were no records of her funeral. The rumors quickly spread that the devout Mormon was a closeted homosexual and using the story of his dead girlfriend as a cover-up. However, he told Katie Couric that he was "far from it. FAR FROM IT," when she asked him whether he was gay.
When rumors of homosexuality surfaced in 2002 against then-MLB player Mike Piazza, he went so far as to hold a press conference to declare that he was straight. "I can only say what I know and what the truth is and that is I'm heterosexual and I date women. That's it. End of story," he said. In his memoir released last February, Long Shot, Piazza addressed the rumors once again and said, "If I was gay, I'd be gay all the way."
A Twitter rumor from an unconfirmed source surfaced last March that Montreal Canadiens player Josh Gorges was going to hold a press conference and come out as gay. However, Gorges had no plans to do so and was actually engaged to marry his girlfriend at the time. Staff for the Montreal Canadiens also confirmed that no player on their team had any plans to come out. "Maybe next time don't write a story based off a random Twitter account, a*sh*les," tweeted You Can Play's Patrick Burke.
NFL player Kerry Rhodes, who was recently drafted by the New York Jets, was forced to address gay rumors after photos of him surfaced looking cozy with another man while on vacation. A former male assistant also posted photos and videos of the pair "hanging out" together and told Bossip that he would "have to drag that azz out the closet then!" Despite the whirlwind of gay rumors, Rhodes told TMZ last April that he is straight and later posted photos of himself holding hands with a woman. "I am not gay," he said. "The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team."
In 2007, French magazine Le Point alleged that tennis star Richard Gasquet was in a gay relationship with businessman Arnaud Lagardere. Both denied being gay and Gasquet called the rumors "bull*hit." Months later, Gasquet continued to deny being gay even when nobody asked him the question. When a reporter asked who the girl was watching one of his matches in November 2007, he said: "Not my girl ... I have just friends. Men friends, but I'm not gay."