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  1. johnny says

    What a bunch of lunk-heads.

    If I were lucky enough to be a pro football player and was asked to be in a video, you can bet I’d want to know exactly what the purpose of said video was.

    If they didn’t know that bullying was mostly about kids sexual orientation, they apparently don’t know how to read a newspaper or use the internet.

    Or perhaps they simply don’t know how to read.

  2. stephen lucas says

    One gets the feeling that the SF 49 ers have been conducting a fraudulent exercise in PR on the gay rights front. Oh, we’re from San Francisco and therefore we must be gay-friendly – get my drift?

    It would appear now that the It Gets Better campaign from the 49 ers may be another part of the liberal masquerade.

  3. ratbastard says

    The NFL, teams and their players are constantly lobbied [pressured] to do public service-type stuff. Anyone who has worked for a large firm knows all about being pressured to ‘volunteer’ for this or that. Many people do it because it looks good on their resume. They of course knew what it was for and who it was directed at, and they did it because they were pressured by their team management, who in turn did it because it made them look good. No doubt they didn’t expect this widespread publicity [they were probably told only the gay community would ever see it], and now they’re ’embarrassed’. Naw yo, I ain’t down wit dat sh*t,yo…know what I’m sayin’?

  4. QJ201 says

    Isn’t time for the uber liberal politicians as well as the uber activist gays in SF to start bitching? Most liberal city in the US…with a football team full of haters. Nice.

  5. jamal49 says

    OK. Maybe. Just maybe these two guys didn’t know that the anti-bullying video that the 49ers made was for the “It Gets Better” campaign–a project started primarily to address the rash of suicides committed by young LGBT people because of identity harassment. Maybe.

    But watching these two guys try and weasel their way out of having participated in the video because it might be just a little too “homo” for them is not only hilarious but profoundly disturbing, if not disgusting.

    I think these dudes need a serious attitude adjustment and some serious sensitivity training. I’m being nice. What I’d like to do is take an official NFL football and shove it down their throats sideways.

  6. stephen lucas says

    Do any of you remember Garrison Hearst? He was also a player for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2002, he was quoted as saying “I don’t want faggots in the locker room”. Today, we have Chris Culliver, also on behalf of the San Francisco 49ers.

  7. mike says

    The love the SF LGBTs have for their team seems unrequited. The team moves to Santa Clara and slags a big part of their fan base. Go, Niners. Just go away.

  8. says

    Stephen Lucas:

    “It would appear now that the It Gets Better campaign from the 49 ers may be another part of the liberal masquerade.”

    It’s more likely a disconnect between management & players than it is any sort of fraud. It is disappointing that they may not have made it clear to the players what they were doing (or maybe some of the players are just that dumb, I don’t know).

  9. turing's ghost says

    This is Exhibit #1 for the NFL’s defense in the lawsuit from brain damaged former football players. Clearly, playing in the NFL did not cause brain damage. They started out that way.

  10. jjose712 says

    Oh, come on, they must be totally retard to don’t know what was the it gets better campaing. That was pretty huge, and even if they don’t know what they did in that momment, they have a lot of time to discover it after that.

    The worst part is they make look back their teammates that did that video, because people is going to think that they are the same.

    These people are really not smart, because a smart one really knows that right now, acting like an homophobe is not looking good in the media.

  11. Francis says

    Has this been one of the worst weeks in terms of homophobia in a long while? It really sure seems like it. Just amazing. Amazingly horrendous.

    If these two guys didn’t know what the It Gets Better campaign was all about, or simply forgot, that’s one thing. The incredible defensiveness, the denials, even when after being shown the video they participated in and being told what it was about, speaks wonders.

    Just goes to show the depths of homophobia within sports that making a video denouncing anti-gay bullying is something players would distance themselves from.

  12. Sabian says

    It’s the team managements fault. I bet they just told them that they were making a run of the mill anti-bullying PSA. Okay, cool. Athletes do that all the time. I can totally believe that they didn’t elaborate that “It Gets Better” targeted gay kids, and so these two guys went in and arbitrarily participated, not knowing that this was gonna be used for the gay community. I’m not mad at them.

  13. Sabian says

    It’s the team managements fault. I bet they just told them that they were making a run of the mill anti-bullying PSA. Okay, cool. Athletes do that all the time. I can totally believe that they didn’t elaborate that “It Gets Better” targeted gay kids, and so these two guys went in and arbitrarily participated, not knowing that this was gonna be used for the gay community. I’m not mad at them.

  14. Tom in Long Beach says

    That the NFL is such a big deal makes me feel like I was born on the wrong planet! Why do we value the skill of being able to throw a football more than the many struggling artist and musicians? Also while I know very little about football, I do know that most of the players are NOT from SF, they were just hired from wherever to play for them.

  15. Chitown Kev says

    Looking at this at first blush, I cannot blame the players as they may have not been told the the video that they were making was part of a campaign against anti-gay bullying.

    Which doesn’t necessarily mean that they, themselves, are antigay (although I might infer that) but that they did some sort of PSA under false pretense.
    For either of those reasons, I don’t mind that Savage yanked the video.

  16. Francis says

    I don’t think the 49ers organization wouldn’t be upfront about what the video was about. Dante Whitner, another 49ers player, knew what the video was about when asked about it. He knew it was about LGBTQ bullying.

    My problem is that even if they didn’t know………..why react so DEFENSIVELY about it like what you did was something shameful? Or something to not be proud of? Instead of embracing what they did, they distanced themselves from the video. That says enough about their attitudes towards homosexuality.

  17. Chitown kev says

    @Francis

    Ture enough, that’s why I said that you could probably infer that.

    But if management misrepresented something this to me (and management does stuff like this all of the time) then I would be a bit pissed about it.

    Considering that he’s been under fire for his own antigay behavior, someone needs to ask 49ers coach Jim harbaugh about this.

  18. jamal49 says

    It’s possible that these two guys really didn’t know that the “It Gets Better” PSA was primarily for encouragement to LGBT youth. What’s bothersome is their defensiveness when shown that they did participate. Homophobia runs deep in the NFL and it is very much ingrained in these two guys’ minds. How does one change such attitudes? It is very exasperating. Maybe these are the people who can never have their minds changed. Sad.

  19. Richard Harney says

    Ahmed Brooks wasn’t wrong. “It Gets Better” IS primarily an anti-bullying campaign. Of course it is targeted at gay kids getting bullied, but that is something you can still get behind whether you are pro or anti gay. They were probably told it was an anti-bullying video and any quick search of other videos like it have no mention of anything gay in them. If I wasn’t gay or on these kinds of gay blog sites or maybe if I wasn’t on the internet all that much, I’d have no idea what “It Gets Better” is all about either.

  20. says


    Ahmed Brooks wasn’t wrong. “It Gets Better” IS primarily an anti-bullying campaign. Of course it is targeted at gay kids getting bullied, but that is something you can still get behind whether you are pro or anti gay. They were probably told it was an anti-bullying video and any quick search of other videos like it have no mention of anything gay in them. If I wasn’t gay or on these kinds of gay blog sites or maybe if I wasn’t on the internet all that much, I’d have no idea what “It Gets Better” is all about either.”

    These are my thoughts as well.

  21. says

    I’ve never understood the criticisms of the It Gets Better campaign.

    Nobody ever said it was the only solution. It was one way, of many, to reach LGBT youth and their peers and family all over the world, via the web.

    Anyone and everyone can make a video, wherein they share their own specific messages and their own directions and suggestions to empower others and find strength and hope.

    Why not make your own video and share a message you feel is not being shared? Oh, right. Because it’s easier to do nothing at all and complain about what others are doing.

    Well, these two players are clearly complete f***ing idiots.

    Thank goodness for the wonderful men and women, LGBT or plain’ol-heterosexual, who have the integrity and grace to put a face and name to a worldwide, and utterly FREE, campaign to aid and empower LGBT Youth.

  22. Billy Crytical says

    I said last year when this video was posted that this is lip service. On Compete magazine’s website my comment was deleted. If the NFL was a gay utopia then gay players would be out and at ease with their sexuality. That’s not the case because it’s a hostile place for them.

  23. Jimmy says

    As a 14 year old who struggles with anti gay bullying, hearing this story makes me so sad. They could have easily just said whatever, I did it and I support gay teens and all teens but they got defensive. why can’t we get past homophobia? Why is me liking the same gender such a big deal fr people? :/

  24. says

    The 49er players actually have a history of homophobia in years past too. I’d actually go as far as saying, as far as the players are concerned, San Francisco 49ers has some of the most recorded incidents of homophobia more so than any othe team that comes to mind. Something needs to be done and it’s going to take the city and residents and fans to encourage a mental shift. The LGBT community has supported this team for farrr too long to consistently be disrespected like this.

  25. Duration & Convexity says

    There is soooo much homophobia and bigotry coming out of these two 49ers recent stories that my stomach turns. Disgusting. The entire team needs a wake up call.

  26. Scott Medona says

    There’s a consistent pattern here that seems to suggest everything the SF niners do for LGBT is fake and not genuine, and behind the PR tactics, there’s a whole bunch of disdain for gay people.

  27. Boston Dude says

    This is horrible. It’s one thing to be defensive about an adult gay player, but to get defensive about having supported out bullied and DEAD gay youth? Shame on these players, shame on this organization and shame on homophobia. This is one of the more disappointing stories I’ve read in a while and proof that there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of challenging homophobia. Let’s start with the NFL.

  28. Miles says

    The point is not if they knew it was an anti gay bullying PSA. It’s that they got defensive when they found out it was. Same people defending them would be LIVID if they made the same remarks about not knowing the PSA they made about anti black bullying was for black kids. I guess for some people, homophobia is acceptable. For our community, it’s not and we’ll stand up and speak up when we sense it. And especially when it involves carelessness for our gay youth. Period.

  29. TX Idol says

    @ Chi Town Kev
    if managment misrepresented a campaign about protecting black youth, then you were to come and find out you supported that unknowingly, I would hope you’d still be okay with that and not get hostile over realizing it. If you would- then your open for criticism as are these men. We’re talking about bullied gay kids. Not supporting the holocaust. If you get angry at supporting them, then you’re exactly the reason why bullying exists.

  30. Bill says

    @Jimmy (and others): please don’t feel bad about it. These guys are professional football players and aren’t necessarily good at anything else. To get into the superbowl, they have to spend a lot of time training, practicing, having their diets monitored for optimal results, etc. What probably is going on is that, every so often, they are asked to make a PR statement in front of a camera, are simply told what to say, and their managers try to fit it into their schedules with as little disruption as possible. It isn’t surprising that they wouldn’t remember a specific one without some clues to jog their memories.

    If you look at the video, it ends with the phrase “It gets better,” but with a different guy saying each word. 5 will get you 10 that someone off camera held up a cue card with the one word the football player was supposed to say, so he wouldn’t get confused. It’s not like these guys are Shakespearean actors adept at reciting Hamlet’s Soliloquy.

    There are a lot of precedents for that sort of thing. In the musical My Fair Lady, for example, the songs that Rex Harrison sang used a very restricted number of notes – he was a good actor but not really a singer, so the composer wrote the music around his musical limitations. In one opera, the Italian composer Rossini wrote a part for a singer consisting of a single note: (according to legend) after listening to her, he decided that she could only manage that one note without sounding terrible.

  31. John says

    This is uh-merka, If someone wants to be gay they can”…I’m so sick of assholes thinking that people WANT to be gay, like wanting to be Hawaiin when you are a white guy from Iowa or wanting to have blue eyes instead of brown..you don’t WANT you just ARE! When are ignorant people going to be taught enmass that we don’t choose to be homosensational?

  32. Bill says

    @Miles: Maybe it is not so surprising that they got defensive if they were having some trouble remembering which of a number of PSAs this was, They might have thought they were about to get in trouble much as Culliver did and were afraid of making things worse. One player didn’t think he made any videos at all – maybe he thought of videos as being interviews, not PSAs.

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