KORDELL Stewart has shut down the rumor that his ex Porsha Williams was his beard, a claim that “nearly destroyed his football career.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star recently spoke of the scandal on the Tamron Hall Show, where he slammed the allegation as false.
Kordell denied the rumor that Porsha was his ‘beard’Credit: Tamron Hall Show
Kordell, 48, came clean about the effect his role on the Bravo program had on his career and relationship with Porsha Williams, 39.
Tamron Hall ventured to ask if the show itself had an “impact” on his marriage, to which he replied: “No, no, no. When we were married, that never was the impact at all. That was true love at the time.
“But once you get on the show and things are starting to be insinuated from the conversation about a ‘beard’ to me being controlling, it becomes a whirlwind of things.”
The host then asked if Kordell regretted throwing himself into a situation where the rumor of his homosexuality, which nearly caused the downfall of his professional football career, would be “ripe for.”
He spoke to Tamron Hall about the allegationCredit: Tamron Hall Show
He revealed that their breakup ‘wasn’t about that’Credit: Tamron Hall Show
The athlete responded: “To be honest with you, if I had to do it again I probably would not do it.
“But I’m not ashamed of doing it. Because I really was doing it for her. And because it was her opportunity to be on the stage in which she’s on right now.
“And I’m happy for her. But at the end of the day it’s really not about that,” he shared.
In 1998 rumors were raised that the football player was arrested after committing “lewd acts” with other men in the Pittsburgh Steeler’s park.
A rumor spread that Kordell was gay in 1998Credit: AP:Associated Press
He and Porsha married in 2011Credit: Instagram
No such record exists, though, and the athlete has denied all allegations.
Porsha and Kordell met in 2009 while partying at a high-profile night club in Atlanta called Luckie Lounge.
The couple dated for two years before deciding on marriage, and said “I do” at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel in the Georgia capital.
The 2011 ceremony was filmed and documented on WeTV’s Platinum Weddings and was an extravagant affair.
The other housewives found the football player to be ‘controlling’Credit: Twitter
He and Porsha divorced just two years after their weddingCredit: Getty – Contributor
After joining the cast of RHOA in September of 2012, their relationship took a turn when Porsha’s peers claimed her husband was a “controlling” figure in her life.
The couple called it quits and filed for divorce in 2013.
In season six of the Bravo show, the cast interrogated Porsha about her past relationship, as her castmate Kenya Moore claimed he was using her as a “beard.”
Through a dinner conversation, Kordell’s ex-wife explained that her husbands reputation was “tainted” to which Kenya replied: “So when you say that his image was tainted, what are you referring to?”
Porsha told her castmates that her ex-husband’s reputation was ‘tainted’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Kenya believed Kordell to be hiding his sexualityCredit: Getty – Contributor
“That sounds like I signed on to be your beard basically,” the reality star slammed, as she accused Porsha of marrying the NFL star to hide his sexuality.
Later in his interview with Tamron, Kordell added an official denial: “It never happened. It was a lie. But that wasn’t the point, right?”
“What killed me was that there were people in the city who really wanted to see me suffer,” he admitted.
After being cut from the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, Kordell retired from sports completely in 2012.