(This story was published in 1999).
Updated 01/10/02: In the story below, Stewart is circumspect about his orientation. But in the Jan. 14, 2002, issue of Sports Illustrated, in a feature on Stewart's on-field renaissance, the writer, Michael Silver, addressed the gay issue this way:
Some Steelers admit they were fazed by rumors that Stewart was gay, until he called a meeting before the 1999 season and issued a denial that included graphic descriptions of heterosexual acts he enjoys. ``I could see the humor in the situation,'' Stewart says, ''so I decided to have some fun with it. At one point I said, `You'd better not leave your girlfriends around me, because I'm out to prove a point.' A couple of guys said, `F*** you, Kordell,' and we all cracked up.''
Our reaction to the Sports Illustrated piece? We still don't know the whole Stewart/sexuality saga and his denial does nothing to clear up the issue. Most bothersome is that he felt he had to prove his heterosexuality by describing graphic sexual acts, as if that's the ``smoking gun,'' so to speak. What does this say about the way Stewart views women?