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LSU Football Player Alfred Blue Apologizes for Saying Gays Can't Play Because They're Sissies

On Thursday, the Louisiana State University paper The Dailly Reveille published a story on gays in football and asked several of its players what they thought of having an openly gay teammate, making this note:

The topic of openly gay athletes in football is so taboo, the LSU Athletic Department would not allow players to be asked questions on the topic before they were properly prepped for the interview.

BlueWell, apparently they didn't prep running back Alfred Blue, who said this:

“Football is supposed to be this violent sport — this aggressive sport that grown men are supposed to play. Ain’t no little boys out here between them lines. So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. You know? Like, how you going to say you can do what we do and you want a man?”

So late Friday an apology from Blue was forthcoming:

I understand that my comments may have sounded insensitive to those who read the Reveille article on Friday. I in no way meant to belittle any person’s way of life and feel that everyone deserves a chance to become whatever they want to be. One of my comments that was left out of Friday’s article shows this. I told the reporter that if any person can help to contribute to the team, then that is the bottom line.

I apologize if anyone was hurt by my comments and also to everyone that I may have let down.

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  1. Ahhh, the non-apology. "I understand that my comments MAY HAVE SOUNDED insensitive to those who read the Reveille article on Friday."

    He's probably on the DL anyway.

    Posted by: james | Apr 20, 2013 10:18:58 AM

  2. Another non-apology.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Apr 20, 2013 10:19:42 AM

  3. "may have sounded"? Honey, your comments were the words of Miranda Priestly, "No, no...that wasn't a question."

    Posted by: Zac | Apr 20, 2013 10:23:02 AM

  4. It says a lot these guys were prepped to give PC answers and yet and still, at least with this Alfred Blue character, could not refrain themselves from spewing homophobic nonsense. The other responses weren't too great either.

    And yet and still people think that the culture in football is ready for an out player. I don't think so.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 10:28:24 AM

  5. His comment is stupid anyways because there are already guys that are gay in the NFL(college too). Just because we don't know who doesn't mean they're not there. Guys that would knock his but all over the field if he ever makes it to the NFL.

    Posted by: Leaundra | Apr 20, 2013 10:29:20 AM

  6. "I'm sorry you got offended."

    That is always my personal favorite, belittling, non-apology.

    Posted by: yuninv | Apr 20, 2013 10:33:42 AM

  7. You guys have it all wrong. This is how progress manifests. Something ignorant is said -- but the main thing is it now gets reported, goes nationwide in an instant and there's a loud response, which NEVER would have happened before. Then the ignorant person is forced to retreat, having learned, at the very least, that things have changed. WELCOME this process, dudes, welcome it!

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 20, 2013 10:34:24 AM

  8. Alfred- just a little over 40 years ago the fine folks in Baton Rouge and all over the Southeastern Conference thought you and your fellow African-Americans were not only too stupid to enroll in their lily-white university but they didn't tolerate a non-white playing on their teams. It hasn't been that long....
    Good to know that you have a breathtakingly ability to not connect the dots.....

    Posted by: nick | Apr 20, 2013 10:34:45 AM

  9. Worst. Apology. Ever.

    please, gurl. we f**k other men. our sex is a contact sport. dunce.

    that said, it's like a way-dumber version of Leslie Ann Warren's "Are ya suuure, you're gayy?'re so ATTRACTIVE!"


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 10:35:41 AM

  10. We're still the only group to make blatant hateful comments about and not get torched. We're still not recognized and valued as fully human.

    The problem with the football culture is that there are guys like Blue on every single NCAA/NFL team in the league. Every single team. That's what's going to make it really hard for someone to come out. There's a lot of conditional tolerance, "as long as he helps me/team win" or "as long as he doesn't try to hit on me". There's a lot of conditional tolerance, but there is a lack of acceptance. It's sad but that's where we're at. These constant hate comments just expose the disease that's within football culture in regards to homophobia.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 10:42:30 AM

  11. no way he wrote that non-apology. Someone with a basic understanding of grammar wrote it.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Apr 20, 2013 10:43:14 AM

  12. He's probably illiterate so I doubt he wrote that "apology".

    Posted by: Red | Apr 20, 2013 10:44:07 AM

  13. That only goes so far, Jack. It only goes so far. When anyone and their grandmother feel completely OK with slandering you and your community then that speaks wonders. Making a fake apology doesn't change that. Yes, it does mean on the surface, flagrant homophobia isn't acceptable. But underneath the surface, it's still there and it's still palpable.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 10:44:49 AM

  14. I have to agree with Jack on this one. But sissy is still that one word that stings the most.

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Apr 20, 2013 10:45:01 AM

  15. Another dumb negro. I haaate these people. Why are they so uneducated and dumb?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 10:50:01 AM

  16. I'm beginning to think that the first course any college (or high school) should offer is "Apology 101." I am so f*in sick of hearing and reading pseudo-apologies with "If anyone was offended" and other qualifying language. THAT IS NOT AN APOLOGY asshat!

    Pseudo-apology NOT accepted.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Apr 20, 2013 10:53:44 AM

  17. I think Jack said it best. But there is something bizarre about people who begin an "apology" with "I'm sorry if you were offended." If you say something wrong you should apologize for HAVING SAID IT, not for the fact that there were consequences. Otherwise what you're really doing is saying to yourself "I'm sorry I got caught." On the plus side, though, young people are learning quickly today that homophobia is not to be expressed openly. This can only speed up the march toward equality.

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 20, 2013 11:04:46 AM

  18. "Another dumb negro. I haaate these people. Why are they so uneducated and dumb?"

    Of course, Kiwi is just saying this for effect - to show how wrong it would be for him to show the same prejudice toward blacks that Mr. Blue showed toward gays.

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 20, 2013 11:07:40 AM

  19. "But sissy is still that one word that stings the most."

    Generally speaking, it IS the truth that tends to sting people the most. Precisely why I generate such hostility on this site for pointing out, as this example demonstrates yet again, that the real issue for most men when it comes to gay men is effeminacy, not homosexuality, per se. And that gay men will NEVER be truly accepted or embraced as long as the majority of them behave effeminately, refuse to embrace masculine values, and idolize women instead of men.

    Those of you who say this apology was insincere are right. It WAS insincere. His original statement was just an honest stream-of-consciousness that reflects the views not only of the vast majority of footballl players, but the vast majority of straight men, as well, even those who are outwardly "tolerant.

    Society will NEVER respect men who are effeminate and cowardly. NEVER. It cannot afford to do so.

    And until you all learn that lesson and focus your attention on eradicating homophobia rather than pursuing a futile attempt to undermine masculine values (even as you worship masculine men), then nothing of significance will ever change, no matter how many laws are passed and no matter how many insincere "apologies" like this are offered.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 11:17:56 AM

  20. This guy is a moron. (disused term for a person with a mental age between 8 and 12, and a common insult for a person considered stupid (or just a generic insult)

    Posted by: Don | Apr 20, 2013 11:20:41 AM

  21. "His comment is stupid anyways because there are already guys that are gay in the NFL(college too). Just because we don't know who doesn't mean they're not there. Guys that would knock his but all over the field if he ever makes it to the NFL."

    It may not mean they are not there, but if none of them have any desire to identify as "gay" (as seems to be the case), it is almost certainly for the same reason most straight men would have no desire to....namely, because they don't want to associate with a "gay" culture that is anti-masculinity and that promotes "gender-non-conformity".

    What some of you don't seem to be able to grasp is that most gay men who would play football or engage in other masculine activities pretty much share the masculine values that their straight teammates/peers do....and are therefore as likely to be contemptuous towards a grown man parading around in high heels and mascara or referring to other men as "Honey" or "gurl" as two individuals in this thread have already done.

    The NIKE endorsement offer will tell us a lot. If nobody takes them up on it, we will know why....and it won't have anything to do with straight people or their fear of them.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 11:31:08 AM

  22. Ah, yes, it wouldn't be an article on homophobia without Rick presenting his usual brand of nonsense about masculinity and effeminacy. The same sort of person whose online profiles no doubt read, "Not out. Discreet. Masc4masc. Str8-acting." Except of course he misspells "discreet" as "discrete".

    Self-loathing much?

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 20, 2013 11:35:05 AM

  23. But American Football is really nothing more than sissy-fied Rugby.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 20, 2013 11:35:18 AM

  24. Little Kiwi. I don't understand what you're saying . Please clarify which "these people" you are referring to. You've made a broad swipe at black Americans or footballers - which is it. Those words really sting. Like when another gay dude compliments you on looking "straight". What are people here and those who read you blog to think?

    Posted by: Jerry Jones | Apr 20, 2013 11:45:05 AM

  25. Rick, how ironic that you call men with a feminine demeanor cowardly. They are among the most visible in our community and have been fighting for equality, yours included, for the longest time, going all the way back to Stonewall and before. They are the bravest souls we have in our community. Along with the masculine lesbians and the transgender community, they have more cajones in their little pinkies than you will ever have in your whole craven body.

    Posted by: Travis | Apr 20, 2013 11:46:26 AM

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