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Aaron Rodgers denies rumor regarding his sexuality

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks down after throwing an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast

Over the past few days, an online rumor has emerged regarding the question of whether Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is gay. We’ve ignored them, for a couple of reasons.

First, it doesn’t matter if he is. Second, he hadn’t personally addressed the rumor.

On Tuesday, Rodgers tackled the topic during his weekly appearance on ESPN Milwaukee. We know this because one of the ESPN Milwaukee on-air hosts sent us an email with a partial transcript of Rodgers’ comments.

I’m not gay,” Rodgers said. “I really, really like women. That’s all I can say about that.”

While much different than Mike Piazza’s on-field “I’m not gay” press conference, Rodgers’ decision to address the issue gives life to a story that many would have ignored. The story isn’t that Rodgers may be gay; the story is that Rodgers felt compelled to address the rumor by explaining that he isn’t.

That’s all we plan to say about any of it, unless Rodgers addresses it again or some other tangible development occurs.