mstrahanw.jpgIn a new book, New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan addresses rumors that he is gay, rumors that gained currency in his nasty divorce trial. Appearing on ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” Strahan told hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon why he addressed the 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, in a story about the book, “Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior,” said 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.”


I have admired the way 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. —Jim Buzinski

mstrahanw.jpgIn a new book, New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan addresses rumors that he is gay, rumors that gained currency in his nasty divorce trial. Appearing on ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” Strahan told hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon why he addressed the 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, in a story about the book, “Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior,” said 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.”

I have admired the way 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. —Jim Buzinski

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