Imagine being 26 years old in the prime of your NFL career and being hit with rumors that you're gay.
That was Kordell Stewart's reality back in 1998.
Appearing on The Steve Harvey Show on Wednesday, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback reminisced upon how the rumors initially sparked before shooting them down.
Stewart told Harvey that following a November 1, 1998, Steelers loss, he received a call from a doctor.
"He was saying that guys were sitting here saying that I got arrested ... in the park, having lewd acts being performed on me by transvestites," Stewart said. "And I said [laughing], 'First of all, when in the world have I gone to jail in Pittsburgh because there's no record.' I don't care if it's 10, 20, 30 years, if it happened it would be documented — let alone be with a transvestite."
Although Stewart, now 44, had laughed off and seemingly buried rumors of his sexuality, he may have raised some lingering doubts with his next set of comments.
"Now, [to] each his own, Steve — trust me when I tell you — but the life I started and lived with my family — my mother and my father and sister and brother, being on both sides of the bed; mother and father in the bed, brother at the end reading our bible — the thing I understood about life is when God created the heavenly earth, he created Adam and Eve," Stewart said. "That's all I know. I don't know anything else."
He proceeded to say that he realized the rumors of him being gay were nothing but "hate."
Watch his full comments below.
Stewart continued, touching on his failed marriage to Porsha Stewart, before saying that he's open to the idea of getting married again — under one condition.
"I want a woman, Steve," he added. "I don't want a child that's trying to play the role of a woman."
Did Kordell Stewart effectively put this rumor to bed or actually make things worse for himself via this appearance?
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