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The statement could have been awesome, affirming and put the rumors to rest.
"Look, I have no problem with gay people," Rodgers could have said.
" Never before have I heard a question asked so many times in such a short period of time.
In Palm Springs for a couple days to ring in the new year, dozens of people asked me the question on the mind of every gay person who's ever read a gossip blog.
It was bad enough when Kerry Rhodes' alleged ex-boyfriend tried to out him last spring.
If Rodgers is closeted, and the secret he's held all of his life has suddenly been plastered across the Internet against his wishes, when he's not ready, before the biggest game of the year and one of the biggest games of his career - who the hell does that help? Some of those athletes have begun to recognize the changing atmosphere in sports.
They've started to think they could dip a toe in the water, maybe try to date someone on the sly, maybe confide in a couple people that they are gay.
When gossip sites report on "spies" that send secret accounts of NFL players in love with their assistants, it sets us back from proud athletes standing up and coming out.
In the end, all the rumor-mongering did was force Rodgers to make a public statement about it.