Forty-Niners’ Brooks And Sopaga Deny Making Pro-Gay Video That They Made
Two teammates from the San Francisco 49ers denied their involvement in the anti-bullying gay rights campaign “It Gets Better” this week. When shown their own own appearances in the video they did indeed record, Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga suggested they were not aware of the campaign’s overtly pro-LGBT initiative.
Brooks and Sopoaga were approached by USA Today Sports about the recent comments of teammate Chris Culliver. Culliver told radio host Artie Lange that he has no gay teammates, and that if he does, “[t]hey gotta get up outta here [...] Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah, can’t be in the locker room.”
Hailed as pioneers for equality in the testosterone-drenched (and, when the issue arises, often homophobic) world of football, four players from the 49ers, including Brooks and Sopoaga, recorded a message for Dan Savage‘s anti-bullying “It Gets Better” campaign last summer, making them the first NFL team to do so.
After denying his involvement in it, Brooks was shown the video. He replied that it “was an anti-bullying video, not a gay video.”
In the clip, Brooks says, “[S]omething you should never experience is being bullied, intimidated, or being pressured into being something or someone you are not.”
(What did you think you were talking about, Ahmad? Submitting to peer pressure about One Direction?)
Sopoaga’s lines in the video are more general. When shown the video, he declined to comment.
Only safety Donte Whitner specifically mentions LGBT teens in the video.
The It Gets Better Campaign took down the video, but as of yesterday, it was still available on YouTube, posted by the 49ers themselves.
Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.