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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. "Who cares what some schvazz has to say?
    posted by: David Hearne"

    Given how this site treats men of color and news of gay men of color -- not Towleroad. And that's in general.

    Also, some of the comments for this article have not-subtle-at-all undercurrents of racism. Thank you for being out front, though.

    Posted by: Zeta | Apr 22, 2013 9:42:31 AM

  2. LOL...LOL...LOL

    Same ol' sh.t. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 22, 2013 10:08:05 AM

  3. I will echo the comments that there is no way this illiterate wrote that apology. Every time one of these college athletes with their third grade language skills has to retract what you know is their true feelings on the subject, we get the administration's eloquently worded apology. How stupid do they think we are?

    Posted by: Walt | Apr 22, 2013 3:13:14 PM

  4. When I attended LSU, the athletes were so non-macho that they had to have air-conditioned dorms. In NYC, they would have been called effete snobs.

    Posted by: sword | Apr 22, 2013 5:29:51 PM

  5. Compare the two statements. It is clear the first was his, and the 2nd was drafted by his PR rep. I wonder if we can play the same game? Say something offensive to him, then have someone else on retainer apologize for if he "may" have been offended.

    Posted by: Sean Kirkpatrick | Apr 23, 2013 6:47:18 AM

  6. With that grammar and lack of understanding about how to structure a sentence...anything that comes out of his mouth is going to sound stupid.

    Posted by: Donald | Apr 23, 2013 8:58:56 AM

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