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FAKE NEWS: Jeff Gordon, Stephen Rhodes Confirm Homosexual Relationship

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As shared on Facebook, March 25, 2014:
Jeff Gordon And Stephen Rhodes Confirm Homosexual Relationship; NASCAR Fans Outraged

Netlore Archive: Viral "news article" claims NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Stephen Rhodes have confirmed they are in a homosexual relationship.

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Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: March 2014
Status: FALSE (see details below)

Example:
Via Empire Sports, March 24, 2014:

Jeff Gordon And Stephen Rhodes Confirm Homosexual Relationship; NASCAR Fans Outraged

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida— As if the sports world didn’t have enough people coming out of the closet. A highly respected member of the NASCAR community has come out and admitted he is in a relationship with a fellow openly gay NASCAR member. Jeff Gordon who is going through a divorce said that he is now dating openly gay driver Stephen Rhodes. Gordon joins a list of male athletes who are new to the openly gay sports world.

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Analysis: False. Race car drivers Jeff Gordon and Stephen Rhodes have not announced that they're having a homosexual relationship. Because they're not.

While it's true that in 2003 Rhodes became the first openly gay driver to compete in a NASCAR national touring series, Gordon is both nominally straight (notwithstanding Internet gossip to the contrary) and married. To a woman.

The alleged confirmation of a "homosexual relationship" between the two racing drivers is strictly a fiction invented by the self-declared "satirical and entertainment website" Empire Sports (EmpireSports.co). Not a reliable source!

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Sources and further reading:

Jeff Gordon And Stephen Rhodes Confirm Homosexual Relationship; NASCAR Fans Outraged
Empire Sports News (satire website), 24 March 2014

Is NASCAR Ready for an Openly Gay Driver?
Fox Sports, 17 July 2013

Stephen Rhodes Bio
Stephen Rhodes Racing, 2013

Jeff Gordon Bio
GordonOnline.com, 2012

At Home with Jeff Gordon
Forbes Life, 28 October 2013

Last updated 03/25/14

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