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p1_081108_chesney_ap.jpgCountry crooner Kenny Chesney certainly isn't doing much these days to end the gay rumors that have followed him throughout his career.

Chesney, in New Orleans for a concert this week, hit the practice field on Monday with the New Orleans Saints. After, head coach Sean Payton recounted how Chesney helped strip down Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie while they both were in Birmingham, Ala., rehabbing from surgery.

Afterward, Payton volunteered a story he heard about Chesney helping Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie undress for a shower last January while the two were in Birmingham, Ala., to rehabilitate from surgery.

Both the singer and football player had been operated on by Dr. James Andrews and were in Andrews' rehabilitation program -- McKenzie for his knee and Chesney for his shoulder.

"You know, Mike McKenzie and Kenny Chesney are from the opposite ends of the earth, and yet here they are that one afternoon and Kenny notices Mike's wearing the same clothes he's been in all day from his rehab ... and I'd love to see this -- but Chesney's undressing McKenzie," Payton said.

Chesney sought to clarify the story, noting that he and McKenzie planned to go out to watch the BCS national championship game between LSU and Ohio State that night, and that McKenzie's injury made him so slow to change that they were going to be late.

"I felt sorry for him because he'd been up there laid up ... all day with his knee like that and I was all fresh, saying, 'Let's go, let's go, let's go,"' Chesney said. "We were late to watch LSU and whoever play the national championship game. ... Nobody remembers who loses right? But anyway, he had no one to help him, poor kid."

–Matt Hennie

Matt Hennie blogs on Atlanta’s sports scene at Gaytlsports.com.