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NFL and Indianapolis Colts Coach Dungy Raise Money for Anti-Gay Hate Group

It's been talked about for weeks, but last night Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy stood before a staunchly anti-gay crowd at the Indiana Family Institute Banquet benefit and declared himself to "embrace" them in the gay marriage debate.

DungySaid Dungy: "I appreciate the stance they're taking, and I embrace that stance...IFI is saying what the Lord says. You can take that and make your decision on which way you want to be. I'm on the Lord's side....We're not anti- anything else. We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way."

Earlier this month the Colts released a statement distancing themselves from the event: "Coach Dungy's feelings on the importance of marriage and family are well known. He, of course, is free to speak to any group he wishes. The club does not take positions in political issues in which it is not directly involved. The Colts do not endorse any political or religious position taken by any group that any Colts employee decides to speak or lend his or her name to."

Dungy2They did, however, provide signed sports equipment to be auctioned off to raise money for the anti-gay organization: "Previous IFI banquets had drawn at most 440 guests, according to organizers. But the appearance of the Super Bowl-winning coach to receive the institute's "Friend of the Family" award set a record. Seats for the event at the Ritz Charles, one of the institute's largest annual fundraisers, went for $75 apiece. In addition to the more than $50,000 raised from ticket sales, the institute auctioned off enough Dungy-signed Colts footballs, helmets and paraphernalia to raise nearly another $20,000. In keeping with the Colts theme, Dungy was introduced by Colts punter Hunter Smith, whose Christian band Connersvine served as the evening's entertainment."

Imho, raising $20,000 for a hate group means the Colts (and therefore the NFL) is endorsing them.

Dungy: 'I embrace' same-sex marriage ban [indianapolis star]

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  1. This really is just par for the course for the NFL, though. I'm surprised that the Colts haven't fully and openly supported the IFI from the beginning.

    Posted by: Oy | Mar 21, 2007 1:05:51 PM

  2. Odd how those who have been historically discriminated against, feel it is OK to discriminate.

    Perhaps we should go back to banning mixed race marriage? Then what would Mr. Dungy have to say??

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Mar 21, 2007 1:07:32 PM

  3. Football Players are notorious sluts, married or not. Its only a matter of time before Coach Dungy's skeletons come out of the closet. Now that he has all of this attention, Im sure his not-necessarily-male escorts will out him soon enough.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 21, 2007 1:07:43 PM

  4. Time to give Dungy the "Hardaway Treatment"—though it will be much harder given they won the Super Bowl.

    Tony Dungy: Welcome to the 21st Century version of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 21, 2007 1:11:03 PM

  5. While I surely disagree with Dungy, I think he is well within his right to help raise money for the group of his choosing.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 21, 2007 1:20:01 PM

  6. PS: This is no run-of-the-mill religionist but one who has a long history of involvement with religionist organizations and nearly gave up coaching to become a minister.

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 21, 2007 1:20:34 PM

  7. "Odd how those who have been historically discriminated against, feel it is OK to discriminate.

    Perhaps we should go back to banning mixed race marriage? Then what would Mr. Dungy have to say??"

    Oh yawn.

    Gays are racist as hell too. It's not like one side is innocent. We have to find some other argument besides "what if we banned mixed race marriage" and the patronizing "I expected more from you black folk" line. It's so played out and it's obviously not working. It also suggests that somehow miraculously, racism is dead and homophobia has taken its place-yeah right.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 21, 2007 1:21:39 PM

  8. Not that I truly believe in hell, but if there is one, I hope they all rot in it...especially Tony Dungy.

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 21, 2007 1:28:20 PM

  9. Matt,

    No one is arguing Tony Dungy's or the NFL's *right* to support the IFI. Hell, if they wanted to put on a white robe with a white poiny hat and stand on the side of the road advertising a KKK rally, they'd have that right. What Andy is pointing out is that they are supporting disgusting bigotry and hatred against homosexuals.


    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 21, 2007 1:33:37 PM

  10. Tony Dungy is a fool and an idiot. Unfortunately, like it or not, he's also a prominent public figure. The two categories seem to go hand in hand these days.

    Posted by: Frank L | Mar 21, 2007 1:36:54 PM

  11. Well, Charles, I don't know your race, or what makes you such an expert on what has failed vs. what has been given a chance to succeed, but I yield to the wisdom of Black gay legend Bayard Rustin who accomplished more in his life than you, I, and everyone else on this blog put together [and race card dealing Black lesbian Jasmyne Cannick]. Rustin said TWENTY YEARS AGO:

    "The barometer of where one is on human rights questions is no longer the black community, it's the gay community. Because it is the community which is most easily mistreated. … the question to ask is, 'What about gay people?' Because that is now the litmus paper by which this democracy is to be judged."

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 21, 2007 1:47:09 PM

  12. One would have expected a bit more introspection and empathy from a man whose son took his own life.
    How much pressure he received from rigid old dad, G-d only knows.

    Posted by: brian | Mar 21, 2007 1:52:34 PM

  13. The moonbats can have him. But he should also be prepared for the scrutiny that will now follow his decision to endorse bigotry.

    Waiting to see how long it takes before those skeletons come marching out.... 3, 2, 1...

    Posted by: Jonathon | Mar 21, 2007 1:54:59 PM

  14. As any of us who work in corporate America konw he crossed the line using his image on the flyer in the Colts uniform. He crossed the line auctioning off NFL merchadise.
    If we do not demand and get a reaction from the NFL we get what we deserve. The man should be fined and the NFL should report it. Gay fans of the NFL should not let this go.

    This all makes the allegation that his "gay" son committed suicide do to his father's religious beliefs all the more believable.

    A bad man.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Mar 21, 2007 1:59:45 PM

  15. RJP3, I was just wondering the same thing, that his son may have committed suicide because he was gay and had a father who was rabidly anti-gay.

    We will probably never know, but even if that's NOT the case, that Dungy would give support to such a hateful cause -- one that encourages gay bashing murders and self-loathing suicides -- is truly dispicable.

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 21, 2007 2:05:33 PM

  16. Email the THE COLTS Public Relations what you think!

    Posted by: rjp3 | Mar 21, 2007 2:07:21 PM

  17. Hm. I wonder how many divorces, adulteries and spousal beatings and pre-marital sex episodes were sitting right in that room, ready to be pointed out and hated on?

    Oh well, much better to point the finger at someone over there and be a fucking hypocrite.

    Posted by: bambambam | Mar 21, 2007 2:10:37 PM

  18. Leland, I think Rustin would have also pointed out that the race card (along with the God card and the Sex card) is always in play in that game that is America.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Mar 21, 2007 2:12:29 PM

  19. If a son is gay or bi or just not a bigot - the stress of living under his father's oppresion could drive a sensitive teenager to commit suicide.

    When that happens the parents usually know they are to blame - but the trend is they usually BLAME THE GAY MOVEMENT - and strike out at IT.

    I think that is why we are seeing Tony Dungy act out. Similar activist "conservatives" are Brit Hume and the an infamous former President of Boston University - John Silber.

    Both had son's who were gay and killed themself.

    Both had arch conservative fathers. Both Father's then ramped up the anti-gay activism (Watch Brit Hume on Fox News anytime a gay issue is discussed - his negativity is activism.)

    Posted by: RJP3 | Mar 21, 2007 2:15:15 PM

  20. No, idiot, PEOPLE are racists and some of those people happen to be gay. I however don't see any high-profile gay people going around saying the Lord says the races should not mix. He's open game.

    My firt volley in that game...apparently the Lord's style of family didn't work so well for Dungy's. Ouch, I know. But, sorry Tony, you opened yourself up for it.

    Posted by: nycredneck | Mar 21, 2007 2:15:20 PM

  21. Urge everyone to go to the link Andy gave to the Indy Star article and post a comment. There are over 400 at this point and most are, predictably, dripping with religious, homohating crap:

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 21, 2007 2:16:03 PM

  22. Just tried - the paper disenable the link.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Mar 21, 2007 2:29:59 PM

  23. Dungy is synonymous with shitty.

    Posted by: Ed | Mar 21, 2007 3:07:32 PM

  24. MANY GAY GROUPS RAISE MONEY FOR THE ACLU AND THEY DEFEND NAMBLA MEMBERS...... WHERE IS YOUR STAND ON THAT? I forgot that unless you're bed wetting liberal and don't think the way the majority of the sheep think, you don't have rights to free speech.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 21, 2007 3:17:49 PM

  25. When white gay folks criticize anti-gay black folks, reminding them,"have y'all forgotten what it felt like to be discriminated against," it is fair. But it is also fair for black gay folks to remind white gay folks that racism and racial discrimination is alive and well in the gay world.
    I also wondered whether Dungy's son's suicide had something to do with his fathers' religious fanaticism. And yes, it is fanaticism when you bring up your personal religious beliefs after winning at a sporting event, an awards show, or a successful sex orgy.

    And again, Leland: Jasmyne was tough on idiot Hardaway, and on the NAACP for its silence on Hardaway's hateful idiot mouth.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 21, 2007 3:21:18 PM

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