Jeff Gordon Hoax Article Goes Viral

    March 27, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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A recent hoax that suggests Jeff Gordon is in a relationship with openly gay NASCAR driver Stephen Rhodes has gone viral and many people believe it is true.

The story began spreading on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook and although the article is made up, it looks real enough that many Nascar fans think it might be true.

The story says,

“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.”

The story even quotes supposed Nascar fans saying,

“There ain’t no room for that queer crap in NASCAR. This is a man sport that only straight men should be doing,” the story quoted Billy-Bob Benson, a former Jeff Gordon fan. “These queers need to go back and pray that god forgives them for the choice they made. If they wanna be gay go be a fashion designer and not ruin the greatest sport in the world!”

Although there is no truth to the story and Jeff Gordon has never claimed to be gay or in a relationship with a male, Nascar driver Stephen Rhodes really is gay. In fact, he is the first openly gay man to race for Nascar.

Neither driver has commented on the story, but many fans are outraged by the hoax and accusations. Jeff Gordon has a wife and two children and has never admitted to being gay. While many Gordon fans realized the article was a hoax as soon as they read it, others were confused by it.

The website that created the story, Empire Sports, is known for making up fake headlines about professional athletes and celebrities and is good as getting rumors spread and creating viral hoaxes.

Did you read the Jeff Gordon hoax article and did you think it was true?

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  • K Rowland

    The funniest part of the article is “many fans were confused by it”. Imagine that, a NASCAR fan being confused about something.

    • Steve-o Notgivnitout

      …yeah K, because NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB or eve F1 and CART fans are all PhD candidates, right?

      All you’ve done is make yourself look petty and foolish by going to the same old stereotypical jokes about NASCAR fans, ergo all ‘suth’ners, are all stupid. So, who acted stereotypical here K, you or the NASCAR folks.

  • cary

    There is no way that Jeff is Gay just look at the babes he gets

    • Steve-o Notgivnitout

      didja’ ever see the chicks that used to be with, Rock Hudson? He was married for 3 or 4 years at one point early in his career.

      It’s called a ‘beard’ cary.

  • Steve-o Notgivnitout

    It doesn’t matter whether Gordon is gay, straight, celibate or can reproduce asexually, most NASCAR fans are NOT Jeff Gordon fans!!! As Foxworthy says, he talks to ‘plain’!

    This does make people who call him the “Rainblow Warrior” sound closer to the truth.

  • Guest

    Are they sure it wasn’t wife #1 who created the hoax? Seems to me, when they split she made some cloaked comment about his “being gay” as being the reason for their split….

  • miscast

    If Jeff is gay he’s doing a damn good job of keeping it hidden…. Two wives, both amazingly beautiful, multiple kids, never any proof to those rumors… I wouldn’t care if he was gay, not that there is anything wrong with that…. Grow up some of you idiots… If a person actually does come out and claim to be gay they do so to make other gay people who aren’t as famous more acceptable to the general public…There isn’t anything wrong with that either… Now do all the straight people have to make an announcement that they are straight? I respect someone making the statement, but we really don’t have to know everyone’s sexual lifestyle…. If I wasn’t going to judge them before, I certainly am not going to judge them for being gay or straight or bi or transexual etc etc etc….

    • Heather

      Well he’s produced children with the second wife, not the first one. It would be perfectly alright with me if any NASCAR driver were gay. There probably are 2 or 3 in the closet anyway.

  • Bob G

    never believed it for a nano-second…just more tabloid junk. get a life people….

  • joemar4

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. I always thought he was and just did the marriage thing to make it look otherwise. NASCAR, of all sports, I would imagine would be the least accepting of a gay driver back in the day when Jeff first started.

  • Annoyed Race Fan

    Anybody that believes a fake story, are f’in morons. If it was real it would have been reported by multiple news sites not some fake news site, that has to make up fake stories to get people to visit it. That is why I only report facts on my webpage, facebook page, and twitter. I rather have a small following over people visiting my pages for fake news that is not real. If you want real racing news, just google Annoyed Race Fan

  • jrfan4lifezzz

    stupid comment, he’s got a supermodel wife and kids, he’s got more than half the other questionable drivers 😉

  • DonC

    What do you call a gay man being chased around a circle by 40 other people?


  • georgewashlincoln

    now if it was about Junebug being Darrell Waltrips gay lover i would believe that

    • Bobby Coble

      Stupid – Stupid – Stupid – that’s all I can say about you George !

  • Bobby Coble

    As I said when this story first came out a couple of days ago – Some of you people would believe anything – that’s how Obama got elected – twice !

  • Mark 42

    After the two fake “Test Drive” commercials… looks like what goes around comes around.