Comedian Mike Epps claimed that former NFL player and sports commentator Shannon Sharpe contacted him for an interview, but Epps declined, stating he didn't want Sharpe "looking across at my balls." Epps suggested that Sharpe's podcast, "Club Shay Shay," might be an attempt to subtly convey his alleged secret homosexuality. Rumors about Sharpe's sexuality have circulated for about a year, sparked by his association with his stylist, an openly gay man known as "Hollywood." Sharpe has not publicly addressed these speculations.