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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. former NHL Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke marches with us, too.

    He's straight. And in pro-sports. And yeah, marches with us.

    You lie from a place of cowardly anonymity, RICK, and it's adorable how you only communicate with me via your alter-egos, not yourself.

    you really should just end your life. you've failed in this one :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 4:23:51 PM

  2. Why does the tone of the two statements sound as if two different people issued them?

    Posted by: dards | Apr 20, 2013 4:41:45 PM

  3. LSU should apologize for allowing this illiterate excuse for a college student to represent the university with his slovenly, Ebonics laced speech patterns and sentence structure. Yessir, he be just a fine specimen of modern American university education. I bet he know what's in every book in the library. Words!

    I very much doubt this young man wrote that apology, it reads more like something the university's PR department penned. I hope he makes the NFL, otherwise his "education" will earn him a job pushing burgers and fries at the local Micky D's. Shame on him, but more shame should be heaped on LSU.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 20, 2013 5:01:59 PM

  4. "Ain't no little boys out there between them lines" He owes all of the teachers and professors who have tried to teach him proper English an apology

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 20, 2013 5:37:35 PM

  5. comparing the grammatical context of both statements... Blue didn't write the apology, his original statement had too many syntax errors

    Posted by: Vince | Apr 20, 2013 5:39:06 PM

  6. Who cares what some schvazz has to say?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 20, 2013 9:10:28 PM

  7. "LSU should apologize for allowing this illiterate excuse for a college student to represent the university with his slovenly, Ebonics laced speech patterns and sentence structure"

    LOL. If you knew anything about Louisiana, you would know that NOTHING matters more to people there than winning football games. NOTHING. NOT ANYTHING. NOTHING AT ALL.

    The upshot of which is that anybody who facilitates the winning of football games is absolutely off-limits in terms of discipline of any kind, UNLESS they break the law...and even then, every string imaginable will be pulled and bribes paid to get them off the hook......

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 9:49:45 PM

  8. Congratz, Towleroad. You have the most stupid, ignorant hateful people commenting I've EVER seen on ANY Gay blog.

    You must be so very proud, Andy. Look what you've created. And then look what you allow to take place in the comment section.

    Pure win for you. Not.

    So very sad.

    Posted by: Niebuhr | Apr 20, 2013 11:04:51 PM

  9. no courage in joining a group, donnibg a uniform and doing exactly as your told, kid.

    Posted by: Charles | Apr 21, 2013 5:27:44 AM

  10. Why make someone apologize for saying what he clearly believes? He is merely stating out loud what most of the straight players and almost all of the fans think.
    Beyond that, however, consider: just because gays can't play openly, why does that mean we should want to? Why not take this opportunity to end sports altogether? Wouldn't that be smartest, anyway, because sports, just barely behind religion, has been the second most destructive influence on this culture. It is really time for the barbaric custom to go.

    Posted by: NullNaught | Apr 21, 2013 6:49:52 AM

  11. she's a sloppy bottom. what a BS apology.

    Posted by: steve | Apr 21, 2013 10:27:01 AM

  12. attitude-infested homos like me tend to command respect. it's one of those things that comes with having an actual spine.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 21, 2013 1:31:52 PM

  13. It appears that the NFL may one day become gay friendly when 95% of their African American players leave the team. Countless anti gay slurs from NFL members in the past 6 months and ALL have been African American players. The pro Gay marriage guy from Baltimore with a name like Ayandebejo seems to be the only exception and he is only half black.

    Posted by: John | Apr 21, 2013 5:40:17 PM

  14. A correction: actually LSU is not in the NFL, but it is from players like these that future NFL team members come from. The reason so many black gay guys are on the down low is because of the rampant homophobia among African American men.

    Posted by: John | Apr 21, 2013 5:54:52 PM

  15. "So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy."

    And what do you think people look at you as Alfred? Any idea?

    Posted by: palto | Apr 21, 2013 9:02:55 PM

  16. Rick...your anti fem commentary has hit an all time low. These rants by you were truly disgusting. I want to support my gay fem brothers more than ever before knowing the prejudice scum like you who have it out for them. Get help you creep.

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 21, 2013 9:14:22 PM

  17. Null, as a gay man who REALLY enjoys some sports (golf/bowling, things that might not be at the *top* of the heap in colleges, but still get their share of respect), I take SERIOUS umbrage to your statement, and hope you were being facetious! I don't see golfers, bowlers, tennis players, and the like acting as "barbaric" as you claim.

    To go the opposite direction (and to be just as absurd, if not more), why don't we end theatre and choir, since that might just put us in a bad light with the heterosupremacists? See how I can turn that argument? >_<

    Posted by: Cody | Apr 21, 2013 9:35:27 PM

  18. And as usual, the comment is in barely literate English from the un-educated sports person. They get into college as fodder for the money-making machine that is college football; they survive by buying reports online, or by having a professor fix their scores under duress from the college management. They are incapable of stringing more than a few words together into a coherent thought.

    Then along comes the apology, in well-polished English, worthy of the communications hack that wrote it. Totally meaningless; their real thought (such as it is) is contained in the original comment.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 22, 2013 6:49:16 AM

  19. how come so many of these guys who talk like that about gay people look gay?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 22, 2013 7:03:41 AM

  20. i must say poor Rick's therapist has his work cut out for him. Or he's got a gold-mine in his pocket. Tell you this: I'd give a pretty penny to meet that cowardly little pr/ck. And I'd LOVE for the drag queens who made Stonewall happen have a few minutes with his useless, deluded arse.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 22, 2013 7:08:44 AM

  21. Poor Rick - he's the slave of sensibilities around masculinity that were imposed on him by a homophobic world, and he hasn't the brains or insight to see it. He's the suffering slave to other people's ideas of himself. And no matter how much krap he talks about masculinity or femininity, he can't escape the fact that he's gay. He's NOT what the homophobe tells him he "should" be. And all the drivel he spouts here is his futile attempt to negotiate that unlivable world he has created for himself. Tragic, but with the way he knuckles under it's not easy to feel sorry for him.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 22, 2013 7:19:43 AM

  22. I agree with Chris regarding the game of football. They're a bunch of sissies compared to their gay counterparts playing rugby. There. I said it. No apology forthcoming.
    Too bad the school had to write Mr. Blue's apology for him as he cannot write a complete sentence himself. Just axe him.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 22, 2013 7:27:04 AM

  23. People, people consider the source! How often are athletes rendering opinions are paid attention to other than Magic Johnson? The misguided soul is only spouting what he is taught in his neighborhood and current dorm apartment. Where are white athletes anyway?

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Apr 22, 2013 8:00:45 AM

  24. Oddly close to a real apology. You know, this article makes me think that we as the "to-be-offended party" should allow football players to say some stupid things without consequence, but with mediation and dialogue to you know, fix their views. At the same time they need to stop treating them all as hate-filled morons, people tend to become what is expected of them. I don't think any of these guys are lost causes.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 22, 2013 9:38:26 AM

  25. "No, you only see some (not all) gay men doing it, which tells you that it is all affected, UN-natural behavior that comes from having internalized the idea that male homosexuality equates to lack of masculinity."

    Rick may have a point here.

    Posted by: Zeta | Apr 22, 2013 9:39:02 AM

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