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It Gets Worse — 49ers say they were unaware ‘It Gets Better’ was a ‘gay video’

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dan Savage, co-founder of the It Gets Better project, said late Thursday he has “removed the (San Francisco) 49ers ‘It Gets Better’ video” from the project’s website after two of the team’s player who appeared in the video said they were unaware they were participating in a project to support LGBT youth.

Just hours after 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver faced the media to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made on a radio broadcast, linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga — approached by USA Today — “strangely denied” appearing in the video that was released by the 49ers last August.

Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga, appearing in an “It Gets Better” video last August, now claim they were unaware the project was in support of LGBT youth.

Culliver was widely criticized this week for saying that a gay player would not be welcome on the 49ers team; critics were quick to point out that the 49ers were the only NFL team to produce an “It Gets Better” video, and that Culliver’s remarks stood in contrast to his team mates.

But when approached by USA Today on Thursday, Brooks and Sopoaga denied being part of the project.

“I didn’t make any video,” Brooks said. “This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It’s their right. But I didn’t make any video.”

Then, when shown the video, they said they didn’t realize the aim of the production was to fight the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

“Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video,” Brooks told USA Today.

Sopoaga also denied making the video, even while teammate Will Tukuafu tried to refresh his memory.

“No,” Sopoaga said. “I never went. And now someone is using my name.”

After being shown the video, Sopoaga was asked by USA Today if he’d like to comment on it — he simply answered, “No.”

The video (below), which is still available on the 49ers YouTube page, featured Brooks and Sopoaga, along with defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois and safety Donte Whitner — Whitner is actually the only team member in the video to specifically reference LGBT youth.

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The “It Gets Better Project,” which has compiled more than 10,000 online videos, was launched by Savage, a Seattle-based activist and author, and his husband Terry Miller, in response to the increasing number of teen suicides of kids who were bullied for their perceived sexual orientation.

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  1. Bunch of douchebags >.>

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:58am
  2. Fuck the 49ers!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:59am
  3. hmmmm…. SAN FRANCISCO…. Castro District….. 49′ers….. priceless! BOYCOTT!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:01am
  4. Neanderthals…

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:03am
  5. Right they just do video’s with no idea what the content of them is, like they don’t have lawyers and a billion other people okaying this stuff and explaining it to them.. give me a break.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:05am
  6. it’s people like them that get in the way of things “getting better…’

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:06am
  7. //

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:06am
  8. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:08am
  9. what did they think they were doing this for christian sunday. what a lot of idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:09am
  10. >implying the It Gets Better program was only about gays.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:11am
  11. So wait they think it’s okay for a black dude to marry a white chick but it’s not okay for a white guy to marry a black guy?

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:11am
  12. So the 49ers were unaware that they were making an It’s Get Better video promoting a positive message to the gay youth? Man, thats as bad as saying “I forgot to use soap and water while taking a shower”

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:13am
  13. What a bunch of morons. xD

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:13am
  14. Omg…. I think they’re starting to get a case of Romnesia!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:17am
  15. Wow! It does get worse. How could they not know!! Idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:21am
  16. I wrote to these players and challenged then for their paycheck if they are wrong.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:21am
  17. Well, that’s a shame.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:22am
  18. All I can say is “WOW” what great role models……smh it’s really sad

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:25am
  19. Seriously?!?! Id be more embarassed to admit that Id made a video not knowing the full scope of the message….

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:30am
  20. These guys have a combined IQ of about 78 and a vocabulary that is on a level with a 3 year old, but what do you expect with these types of guys who are all brawn and muscle and who were hired for just playing football and were never educated well and talk like a common gang member thug. Neither of them will ever be a brain surgeon but probably could become a politician if they ran on the reTHUGlican party. They should have been left in the ghetto and NEVER brought to San Francisco of all places, maybe they could play with the redneck bible thumpers in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:51am
  21. no one ever would mistake football players for smart or kind people. If I remember high school correctly, most of the bullies were on the football team…

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:58am
  22. …and Let the shitstorm of frivolity begin.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:01am
  23. Sadly, this type of behavior is expected from people like this. But lets remember their opinions in this situation do not matter; all that matters is what we know is true: Man and Man and Woman and Woman can love each other and it is beautiful

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:02am
  24. Pathetic

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:15am
  25. Oh, boy. Looks like the IQ level at the 49ers has gone downhill since the Joe Montana days! How are these dweebs ever gonna win the Superbowl? How many concussions have they had? I may have to root for the Ravens, instead this year. :(

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:24am
  26. Karma is going to get them in the end,

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:24am
  27. Ewww.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:15am
  28. Totally lost all respect for the 49ers.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:32am
  29. Lmao. But there has to be SOME guys on the 49ers who knew.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:09am
  30. Go Ravens.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:14am
  31. Too many blows to the head. Mohammed Ali was pretty palsied and drooling by the time he was 60 from all the head blows he took in the ring. Even with a helmet these guys are getting some serious slams and concussions. Too bad for them they now just look pitiful and like they are standing around with their finger up their nose.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:21am
  32. Go Ravens!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:32am
  33. Ignorant fucks.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:30am
  34. :(

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:35am
  35. I hope Baltimore kicks their collective butt now.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:35am
  36. People like this make it worse.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:39am
  37. these 2 will be working at KFC or McDonalds after their “careers” in football are over

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:49am
  38. I personally hope the Ravens win, just for amusement sake. Its ‘boys’ like these that make young men their age look like collective @sshats because they’re too worried about their reps(which are worthless anyways) than they are worried about upsetting a whole community. The 49′ers team better think of issueing some sort of apology or all you’ll hear when the 49′ers come out is very VERY loud boo’ing.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:01am
  39. huh.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:02am
  40. SMFH

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:05am
  41. Go Baltimore, Go Brendon Ayanbadejo!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:07am
  42. seriously? I thought the campaign was for anti-bullying? i did not know it was an exclusively lgbt issue…and get your head out if your asses 49′s….i am so disappointed in them.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:10am
  43. what idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:15am
  44. I always thought football players weren’t exactly bright bulbs before this but now I wonder if they can find the “on” switch to function. . . Pity they are spoiling it for the whole team. Now we know not to believe a word coming out of their overpaid mouths.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:19am
  45. These guys are paid for their physical abilities, not their brains. We shouldn’t be too surprised when they act stupid.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:19am
  46. One of the morons even said ” including LGBT teens” during the flipping video! What idiots! How do you go to do a video for a campaign “that was all the rage” this past Summer (one even featuring President Obama) and not know what the fuck you are talking about? I think some audits of these guys college transcripts should be done. 49er describes them perfectly… well, at least their IQ’s.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:28am
  47. One of the morons even said ” including LGBT teens” during the flipping video! What idiots! How do you go to do a video for a campaign “that was all the rage” this past Summer (one even featuring President Obama) and not know what the fuck you are talking about? I think some audits of these guys college transcripts should be done. 49er describes them perfectly… well, at least their IQ’s.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:29am
  48. yep, living proof homophobes are idiots.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:29am
  49. Ugh.. They didnt even try to be smart about denying or “not knowing” what “it gets better” is. They simply denied it and got the video thrown right in their face. Ignorant as hell! LGBT is all about showing your true colors and im glad theres were shown. Take that ignorance elsewhere cause you guys got called out real quick and didnt have one thing to say about it…

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:29am
  50. They, need to go sit their black asses down somewhere and shut the f up

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:40am
  51. liers ! they knew well enough what this video was for .

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:48am
  52. wierd!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:25am
  53. how could they NOT know!?!…………strange!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:25am
  54. i think my IQ has dropped from reading the title…..INTERNET

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:38am
  55. How can they say they have no idea……

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:00am
  56. Okay, the stereotypical dumb jocks…..

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:01am
  57. Douchebags

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:43am
  58. Sometimes it does get worse before it gets better, but it does get better!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:44am
  59. fucking terrible

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:54am
  60. Stupid does as stupid is.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:03am
  61. Idiots!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:06am