Via Jock Talk, the new blog from Out Sports: Michael Strahan, the (newly single) star defensive end with the New York Giants, addresses those persistent gay rumors. Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior debuted last week and is described as "venturing into territory no previous football authors had the nerve to tread."
Appearing on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption, "Strahan told hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon why he addressed the [gay] issue. 'Because they linked me to Tony Kornheiser and I said, 'Come on. I like the guy, he’s good looking, but he ain’t my type,' Strahan said."
Newsday advances Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior with a colorful anecdote about Strahan and Ronde Barber—superstar cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and twin brother to Strahan's legendary former teammate Tiki Barber: "Strahan came in for a fair amount of ribbing about the gay rumors, at one point getting this text message along with a photo from Tampa Bay defensive back Ronde Barber: 'I don’t believe your denials. Meet me behind the 12th tee box. Love, Ronde.' "
We've mentioned several times before that Michael Strahan is a class act on and of the field, especially how he has welcomed gay fans and handled the rumors. Jim Buzinksi at Out Sports amplifies the observation: "Strahan, who has a gay relative, has addressed the rumors, using humor without becoming indignant or outraged the way other athletes have and denigrating gay people in the process. Strahan has worked with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an AIDS advocacy group, so he knows gays as people and not stereotypes."
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