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Seattle Seahawks Refuse to Denounce Player's Anti-Gay Remarks

Last week Seattle Seahawks defensive end Christopher Clemons tweeted his displeasure that an NFL player might come out of the closet, calling it "a selfish act" that will "separate a lockerroom and divide a team".

ClemonsWrote Clemons:

Who on Gods earth is this person saying he's coming out of the closet in the NFL? ... If you didn't do it when you were in high school or college then why wait til your in the NFL? Whoever he is he didn't just start ... I'm not one to judge anyone because that's there personal preference. ... it doesn't matter how good they are. That will immediately separate a lockerroom and divide a team ... I'm not against anyone but I think it's a selfish act. They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.

The Seahawks have been silent about Clemons' remarks, so Dominic Holden at Slog contacted them "about a dozen times" and finally heard back:

"We're not going to comment," said Seahawks spokeswoman Suzanne Lavender. "You know, it's just his personal view."

Adds Holden:

"We haven't gotten that many fan comments so we are not going to make public comment," Lavender explained. But she refused to provide a phone number or an e-mail for the fans to comment. So apparently this is how it works: The team gauges whether it needs to make a statement based on how many fans comment, but—pysch—there's no way for fans to comment.

After Holden provided a link to the contact page info for the team management, they took it down!

So he has kindly provided one at their site. We'll see how this develops.

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  1. "I'm not one to judge..."
    I'm sure when the first black guy got on the football field not so long ago or the military they said the same thing and some probably still do considering stupid idiots like this guy have their 'opinions'.
    Got to love the irony.
    Homophobia and Homohatred at it's best!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Apr 2, 2013 6:38:40 PM

  2. Well here's a comment for you. If you bothered to read Clemon's tweets in an unbiased way, you would realize that they were not "anti-gay". His point is clearly that if you wanted to declare your sexual orientation to the world, you could have done so prior to being in the NFL. Waiting until you are you're on the big stage seems at least disingenuous if not self-aggrandizing.

    Posted by: Chris Frye | Apr 2, 2013 6:43:36 PM

  3. Contact the mayor's office of Seattle. Let them know that this team, that represents their city, needs to say something before it effects tourism. (206) 684-4000

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Apr 2, 2013 6:46:26 PM

  4. And the Seahawk's Facebook site.!/Seahawks?fref=ts

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Apr 2, 2013 6:48:14 PM

  5. All non-approved personal opinions were to be instantly condemned. This, it was explained, constituted the true essence of real freedom.

    -- 1984
    George Orwell

    Posted by: NotA | Apr 2, 2013 6:48:40 PM

  6. Just to establish the bleedingly obvious, that's not a literal 1984 quote. It is, however, one of the major themes.

    Posted by: NotA | Apr 2, 2013 6:50:42 PM

  7. Those are the little things gay marriage shall bring..

    Posted by: TB | Apr 2, 2013 6:51:48 PM

  8. I don't find what he said offensive at all. Just his opinion. He's entitled to it. He is talking about how that person is going to get a ton of attention just for coming out and distract from other players on the team. I kinda agree.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 2, 2013 6:56:55 PM

  9. No-one cares what you think, AJ. You're a homophobe apologist. Self-hating little man.

    Anyway, Seattle's actions fall in line with what we saw with the Browns and Tank Carder and then with some of the 49ers players intentionally distancing themselves from making an It Gets Better video. Unfortunately, the NFL still has it's problems on this issue, even with the work that's been doing to progress things to a certain point, there is still negativity, hostility and outright ignoring LGBT football fans with NFL organizations and NFL leaders themselves.

    All we can continue to do is be very loud, as we know our allies in the NFL will be. We must continue to make it clear we won't be forgotten or discarded. Our money is just as valuable as straight money and we should think long and hard about supporting an institution that doesn't seem interested in supporting us. Support individual players but not the league/teams until they get their act together.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 2, 2013 7:05:59 PM

  10. Although the player who comes out will drag attention away from the team as a whole, I think that Clemons doesn't realize what it must have been like for the gay player. Perhaps the player felt the need to be closeted for his entire life, but now wants to be open and honest. If the world wasn't so homophobic, then a coming out in American Football wouldn't attract so much attention, and this wouldn't even be an issue...

    Posted by: | Apr 2, 2013 7:19:40 PM

  11. While Mr. Clemons is free to voice his opinion, his written comments also reveal something of his thoughts. It's clear that he doesn't want to think he's against anyone. On the other hand, it's clear that he thinks any NFL player coming out would be bad "for the team." Last I heard, the NFL was more than one team, yeah? Perhaps he suspects one of his fellow Seahawk teammates? If he feels the locker room would be divided, it seems he would see himself on the "right" side protecting the team; that suggests a minor level of homophobia -- the notion of gay as threatening and wrong. Mr. Clemons clearly has not thought about his statements: he can't believe that gay is threatening and wrong and still claim not to be "against anyone." It may be, however, a simple case of his believing that he knows no gay people; he may change his tune when he learns how wrong he is about that.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Apr 2, 2013 7:23:16 PM

  12. I guess if I respected someone's opinion, I would care what they have to say. But...please, this bozo uses his head like a punching bag and I'm supposed to care what he has to say about anything? Who knows how many brain cells he started with, let alone how many he actually has left up there? Three I would guess...on a good day.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Apr 2, 2013 7:53:46 PM

  13. While Mr. Clemons comment is arguably stupid - it's poorly reasoned, based on unproved assumptions, and comes to no supportable conclusion - I don't see anything inherently bigoted or anti-gay about it.

    Rather than conduct the usual homophobia witch hunt, why not simply demolish his argument based on its many, painfully obvious flaws? In particular, his use of arguments similar to those used against civil rights for African Americans is obvious, germane, and amusing. It's unclear if he's a bigot, but painfully apparent that he's a hypocrite.

    Posted by: Bryan | Apr 2, 2013 8:00:43 PM

  14. This wasn't anti-gay. It was just stupid. I think people throw the anti-gay thing around a bit too freely for certain people. I think I know why...but it's not worth discussing in detail here.

    Posted by: yeahyoutoo | Apr 2, 2013 8:01:34 PM

  15. I'm with the camp that says he shouldn't be condemned for stating his opinion, however wrong it might be. It's a stretch to say his comment is homophobic. We hear much worse every day. By attacking him we only give ammunition to those who love to portray themselves as the victims.

    Posted by: Jacques | Apr 2, 2013 8:09:45 PM

  16. Clemons had a point, why make an event out of this? I dont go around work talking about how I like fat women, skinny, blonde, short, tall whatever. Dont compare this to race, GAY is not a race.

    Posted by: Jojo | Apr 2, 2013 8:13:01 PM

  17. In defense to Mr. Clemons none of his comments were anti-gay.Where the problem truly lies is within the NfL itself. He is absolutely right that the coming out of a player would divide a lockeroom only because the media would overreact to the situation. If the Nfl would would actually do something about gay awareness then it would be easier for a player to come out and make it less of a distraction for the rest of the league and media.

    Posted by: Jordan | Apr 2, 2013 8:15:58 PM

  18. Of course it's homophobic. To call a person "selfish" for the mere act of being honest about his/her sexuality is homophobic. The reason it's homophobic? No straight person is called "selfish" for being honest about his/her sexuality. It's only selfish, apparently, when gay people do it.

    What part of that does the "he's not being homophobic" crowd here not understand?

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Apr 2, 2013 8:17:11 PM

  19. Hi Jojo. Welcome to the site. Now, are you trying to tell us that straight guys in locker rooms don't talk about women and what kind of women they like? Because if that's what you're trying to tell us, I don't think you've even been in a locker room. Or you've never been around any straight guys...

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Apr 2, 2013 8:19:34 PM

  20. Well, it's clear some of these posters are actually just trolls. And Jacques, his opinion is wrong hence what he said should be condemned.

    Is what he said homophobic? Maybe he isn't a homophobe but his entire reasoning for his opinion is. Same with Rob Gronkowski and the "keep your distance and keep it away" comment he made. These are men who are hypocrites; they hold people who aren't straight to a standard that they don't hold themselves and other heterosexuals to. That's homophobia and it's a societal issue that has to be tackled because it's one of the primary reason homophobia is still so pervasive even as we make so much progress.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 2, 2013 8:30:33 PM

  21. While I disagree with his opinion, he has a right to express it, especially on his personal time. I am definitely not so offended by it as to stomp my feet about it or seek retribution against him for a mere opinion. It would be one thing if he were harassing a bisexual or gay player or employee, but there is no evidence he has or will done such a thing. Mere verbal expression of his opinion is not enough to seek action against him. Let him be.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 2, 2013 8:36:24 PM

  22. What a bunch of cry babies. What he said wasn't "homophobic" at all, it just wasn't supportive. Apparently some gays are so sensitive and thin-skinned that they think ANY reaction that isn't blatantly supportive is automatically "homophobic." I hope the Seahawks don't dignify any of these snot nosed reactions with a response because in reality he said nothing wrong.

    Posted by: Tony | Apr 2, 2013 8:43:35 PM

  23. Sure, he has a right to express his opinion and we have a right to express our disgust. No one is talking about arresting him for saying it, so just stop with the "he has a right to expression" defense. RyanInWyo: Ditto on everything you said. You're a smart dude.:)

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 2, 2013 8:47:59 PM

  24. Holocaust Denial and "white power" is also an opinion. But that doesn't mean that it should be respected or tolerated.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 2, 2013 9:01:19 PM

  25. @Jojo Of course "Gay" isn't a race you dumbass. No one is saying that it is. However being Gay isn't a fetish or a sexual preference, it's a lifestyle. It defines who you are, the life that you will live, and the trials and tribulations that you will and will not/may or may not, face. Like blonde women or skinny women doesn't do any of those things. You're comparing apples to oranges and in the process only proving what idiots you and your kind are.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 2, 2013 9:07:16 PM

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