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Footballer Sol Campbell Talks to BBC About Taunts He Endured Over Claims He Was Gay: VIDEO


Former England footballer Sol Campbell spoke with the BBC about racist and homophobic abuse he endured from fans as a player.

Towleroad readers may recall reports here at the height of the taunts against Campbell, after which UK police charged 11 fans with homophobic abuse for chants like:

"He's big, he's black. He takes it up his crack. Sol Campbell, Sol Campbell."

"Sol, Sol, wherever you may be / You're on the verge of lunacy / And we don't give a f**k if you're hanging from a tree / You Judas c**t with HIV."

Campbell added that when he met with Puma as a potential sponsor and they asked him "Are you gay?" and they told him "it's a shame you're not because we wanted you to be the first gay footballer to sign with Puma."

They then dismissed him.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Yikes all around.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 11, 2014 12:42:26 PM

  2. The openly gay athlete is now a great commodity. Nike, Puma, even the commercial clothing side of the NFL sees the potential which is why Michael Sam's sports apparel is selling out. We're big business. My how things have changed... ;-)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 11, 2014 12:57:01 PM

  3. This also proves that gay bashing not only hurts gays, but straights as well. The "straight" collective mind tends to be the destructive force here, despite all "their" claims for the promotion of humanity (albeit, "straight" humanity). Once you break individuals out of that "collective" mindset, you start to see a real sense of what it means to be human/humane. Need I add that the collective mindset is promulgated by religion--which wingnuts are adherents of.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 11, 2014 1:37:24 PM

  4. Here's a suggestion to British football clubs: Raise ticket prices and limit alcohol sales.

    Posted by: Merv | Mar 11, 2014 2:50:38 PM

  5. @MERV:
    Nice, but good luck with that.

    Puma sucks ass. And not in that fun, sexy way.

    Posted by: Jerry | Mar 11, 2014 5:08:00 PM

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