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NFL Won't Discipline Tank Carder for Using the Word 'Faggot'

Over the past year we have seen progress in professional sports when it comes to discipline for public displays of homophobia and anti-gay language, ranging from a $100,000 fine for Kobe Bryant, who called a referee a "f**king fag" to a three-game suspension and salary donation to pro-LGBT groups for Toronto Blue Jay Yunel Escobar, who painted an anti-gay slur in his eyeblack during a game.

Tank_carderAtlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks, fined, and ordered to undergo sensitivity training after he was seen heckling fans with homophobic language, and when Seattle Sounder Marc Burch mouthed "faggot" on a broadcast earlier this month, Major League Soccer acted swiftly with the same punishment.

This week, Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder used the word "faggot" in an exchange on Twitter and then spewed a series of ugly follow-up tweets.

Said Carder, complaining about people angry at him for using the slur: "Yea, they all gettin butt hurt." He later added, "I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word."

The Browns issued a statement: "These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion. We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him."

Apparently, that's enough for everyone, including the NFL.

The organization is taking no action, Outsports reports:

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Outsports via email:

We were in contact with the club and the club addressed it with the player. Divisive comments of that nature can only be hurtful to many fans and has no place in the NFL. The Browns made clear to the player that it was unacceptable and he issued a public apology.

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  1. I'm more insult by his saying he "disagrees" with being gay than the use of the F word, but it is his opinion. What we need to do is educate instead of trying to punish those who disagree with how we live our lives.

    Posted by: Chriso | Nov 30, 2012 8:55:20 AM


  2. I'm more disappointed in the NFL for not taking action on a perfect teaching moment. This is why I continue to lose faith in the NFL and its leadership.

    Posted by: Anita Pill | Nov 30, 2012 9:05:00 AM


  3. Yeah, yeah, yeah. If he'd used the "N" word or some other epithet, his career with the NFL would be over or at least in jeopardy. Instead it's a, "that kind of talk is inappropriate..." nudge, nudge, wink, wink, but boys will be boys. Pathetic.

    Hey Mr. Carder, I don't "agree" with being a small-minded, bigot, sh*thead either.

    Posted by: Brad | Nov 30, 2012 9:14:23 AM


  4. Did you expect any discipline from those brain dead neanderthals?? Frackin cowards make up the NFL.

    Posted by: KSBrian | Nov 30, 2012 9:25:53 AM


  5. Meathead. Focus on the football and leave insights to people with brains

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Nov 30, 2012 9:26:59 AM


  6. I don't agree with the products of incest at all, but Mr. Carder has the right to his opinion.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Nov 30, 2012 9:35:18 AM


  7. I'm not at all offended by Tank Carder nor his stupidity. I am very much offended by the fact this incident has barely made national news, got no real mention by CBS and ESPN, and that the Browns have made no real public action. I expected nothing from the NFL. It's pretty clear the NFL wants nothing to do with the gay subject. Only the San Francisco 49ers have made an IGB video. The NFL apparently wants to pretend we don't exist.

    It's not terribly surprising. They've clearly made a choice here. They'd rather promote their product to low-brow uneducated types and not cause any potential damage to their product on a large scale by sweeping this under the rug, and they don't really care what our community and our allies think. We're not their target audience. Whatever gay/pro-gay NFL fans they lose means nothing to them.

    It's sad, though, because after we've seen the swift and strong action taken against these other athletes in other professions, a similar action in this case would have sent a needed message. If anything, this means I appreciate Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Scott Fujita and the handful of others outspoken for gay rights even more, given THIS is the culture they're involved in.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 30, 2012 9:57:20 AM


  8. Oh my God get over it already nellies, people use that word all the time. Find something else worthwhile to be all "rah-rah-in-your-face" over.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 9:58:03 AM


  9. Anti-gay Christians in the NFL bashing gays, they give us good Christians a bad name.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 30, 2012 10:02:32 AM


  10. This Christmas I'm giving my family the gift they've always wanted by killing myself. My name is Rick, and I'm a stupid old troll.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 10:20:14 AM


  11. LOL @Rick. Best comment so far.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 30, 2012 11:19:30 AM


  12. Patrick Burke said progress has been made regarding the Browns and Tank Carder regarding Tank taking tolerance classes. Since the Browns have been completely silent since Wednesday, no-one knows what if anything has actually happened to Tank. There is speculation he was punished but to what degree, no-one knows.

    This is not over at all. Not at all. LGBT NFL fans/pro-gay NFL fans need to make it clear what we think about the lack of public action regarding this matter.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 30, 2012 11:31:53 AM


  13. "LOL @Rick. Best comment so far."

    LOL...which Rick? The one who hates nellies or the one who's going to kill himself for Christmas?

    Stephen, you must be new here. Welcome. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 30, 2012 11:54:18 AM


  14. To all bigots, Gay, Straight, Bisexual or otherwise, who argue that dehumanizing slurs like "f*ggot", "d*ke" and "queer" should be reclaimed/normalized/shrugged off, here's a heartfelt message from me: Eat sh*t and die.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Nov 30, 2012 12:24:28 PM


  15. Yep it's still very fashionable and acceptable in the US to stir up hatred and violence against gay people. When it's middle aged, white Republicans who control all the companies like the NFL you know they aren't ever going to stop it.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 30, 2012 1:42:03 PM


  16. The comment above was not from me, the "real" Rick, just for the record.

    My own take on all this is that while pressuring individuals not to use words like "faggot" should be pursued, the only real solution to the problem is for gay men to embrace masculine values, which will lead to them being respected by other men and cause the contempt that results in such namecalling to disappear.

    Failure to do so, however, will only ensure continued contempt and disrespect, whether it is expressed as explicitly as it was in this case or whether the expression is a little more subdued.

    Effeminacy and cowardice in men will NEVER be respected by people anywhere, ever, and if you think it will, you are beyond delusional.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 1:48:27 PM


  17. Cowardice, TrollRIck? you mean like how you come on here every day to remind everyone that you hate femmes and, yet, are utterly closeted?

    effeminacy isn't respected? that's odd. i know so many openly gay, loud n'proud gender-nonconformists and they're pretty darn accepted. and respected. why? they don't cower in fear to bullies and bigots.

    you don't have the balls to show yourself. you are the coward you decry. you hate "effeminate gay males" because they're man enough to live out loud and not give a F**K what others think, and you remain completely closeted and can only rant from the Anonymity of online.

    you're right. cowards won't be respected. so that's why guys like you, who can only comment anonymously online, are indeed the scum of the gay male community.

    grow some balls. or take your own advice and off yourself.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 30, 2012 1:57:24 PM


  18. Cowardice, TrollRIck? you mean like how you come on here every day to remind everyone that you hate femmes and, yet, are utterly closeted?

    effeminacy isn't respected? that's odd. i know so many openly gay, loud n'proud gender-nonconformists and they're pretty darn accepted. and respected. why? they don't cower in fear to bullies and bigots.

    you don't have the balls to show yourself. you are the coward you decry. you hate "effeminate gay males" because they're man enough to live out loud and not give a F**K what others think, and you remain completely closeted and can only rant from the Anonymity of online.

    you're right. cowards won't be respected. so that's why guys like you, who can only comment anonymously online, are indeed the scum of the gay male community.

    grow some balls. or take your own advice and off yourself.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 30, 2012 1:57:30 PM


  19. Scorpio Sky is the wrestler who thinks it's OK to stir up hatred and violence against gay people.
    Please send this fake Christian a Tweet on @ScorpioSky and tell him what you think about his views.

    Also, his employer's email is Feedback@Kdoc.tv. Let them hear from you too.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 30, 2012 2:22:30 PM


  20. If he said anti-Jewish things he'd be gone by now.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Nov 30, 2012 4:57:02 PM


  21. He probably comes from a family very similar to the Hawkins.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 30, 2012 4:57:05 PM


  22. Evil nasty white hillbilly

    Posted by: J | Nov 30, 2012 10:41:51 PM


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