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The actions of San Francisco 49er players are clueless and crass, divisive and dumb

Friday, February 1, 2013

On the same day that San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback Chris Culliver offered a lame apology for making homophobic remarks, 49ers’ Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, denied that they helped produce a much-praised “It Gets Better” video last summer, the first such video made by an National Football League team.

Chris Culliver

Dan Savage, who founded the “It’s Gets Better” project, removed the video from his organization’s website — the first time such an action has been taken.

In an interview with USA Today, Brooks and Sopoaga said that they didn’t realize the video’s aim was to specifically combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

The repellent actions of these three players are absolutely outrageous and insulting.

They are a slap in the face to America’s most gay-friendly metropolis and a rejection of the inclusive values that have made San Francisco one of the world’s great cities.

As for Brooks and Sopoaga, they are entitled to place their ignorance on full display, but they should realize that it comes with a prohibitive cost to their reputations, the city they represent, and the sport in which they are supposed to be ambassadors.

Their crass words and clueless actions are as divisive as they are dumb — tearing at the fabric of San Francisco at a time when the Super Bowl should be uniting the city, as well as football fans everywhere.

That these men, as well as Culliver, have foolishly elected to use their Super Bowl spotlight to demean and dehumanize a substantial portion of their fan base is a brazen act of arrogance that encourages the very bullying the ‘It Gets Better’ project addresses.

It is our view that the San Francisco 49ers should suspend Culliver without pay for the first two games next season.

And the team should strongly contemplate parting ways with Brooks and Sopoaga next year for the breach of trust and significant harm they have done to the team’s reputation and relationship with the city.”

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23 more reader comments:

  1. those 4 words describe the entire team period

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:45pm
  2. Typical of many a footie player: IQ less than a gnat.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:46pm
  3. I hope the Assholes lose this weekend

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:46pm
  4. Oh they will lose

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:47pm
  5. Go Ravens.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:47pm
  6. Go Ravens!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:49pm
  7. Go Ravens!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:52pm
  8. Go Ravens!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:53pm
  9. Classless. Utterly classless.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:53pm
  10. Am with Dave now GO RAVENS…… was for SF not anymore….

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:56pm
  11. Ravens all the way! Tyrrell Suggs should have a little talk with Culliver, and set him straight…..pun intended.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:56pm
  12. Because I am more “sweet” than bitter or salty, I accept the apology. And after all, there is so much evidence that football players are brain damaged, so be compassionate.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:00pm
  13. boorish, crass, ignorant. to call them assholes insults assholes.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:18pm
  14. If they have the balls to DEGRADE equal members and citizens of America…then they have the balls to DEAL with them being suspended! THIS IS TRULY UNACCEPTABLE! This is bullying of a grand scale. This is not your high school bully…but from people who are being paid to be BETTER than that high school bully! By being an NFL player not only are you a football player but you are also a kid’s dream (if they loved sports).

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:19pm
  15. Better stop smacking asses on the field douchebag….GO RAVENS!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:26pm
  16. Shame, shame, shame.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:18pm
  17. GO RAVENS!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:26pm
  18. Go ravens!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:46pm
  19. RAVENSS even though im not into football XD

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:03pm
  20. FIRE these over paid under educated bigots!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:03pm
  21. idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:08pm
  22. An apology is too little, too late after his disparaging remarks. “A Leopard Never Changes Its Spots.” He is NOT TO BE TRUSTED! He is only trying to hold on to his career; what there is of it!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:37pm
  23. That describes most of Congress too.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:08am