Yesterday I attempted a humorous post about the media’s coverage of Manti Te’o’s sexuality. I was trying to find something funny in a situation that made me sick. Even in this enlightened time when our President calls for equality for every human being, I realized that an NFL-hopeful, even a finalist for the Heisman, could never come out before the draft. He’d probably get scooped up by a team eventually, but he’d lose millions, because to take on a gay player would mean more scrutiny, more vitriol, more interviews, and possibly fights in the locker room. With dickfaces like Chris Culliver, the CB for the 49ers, saying, “I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”
I like how he said, “I don’t do the gay guys, man,” leaving the possibility that he only does straight dudes.
I also like how other players are getting asked if they’d have a problem with a gay player. Terrell Suggs, linebacker for the Ravens, responded, “Absolutely not. We don’t care.” He said, “On this team, with so many different personalities, we just accept people for who they are and we don’t really care too much about a player’s sexuality. You know who you are, and we accept you for it.”
His teammate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has also been an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage. He’s using the Super Bowl as a platform to speak about equality for the LGBT community. Ayanbadejo has even said Chris Culliver’s anti-gay remarks have inspired him to reach out to Chris Culliver, who apologized yesterday.
The Baltimore Sun reported his words:
“[I was] really just not thinking. [It was] something that I thought. Definitely nothing that I felt in my heart,” Culliver said. “I support gay people, gay communities, and different racial [backgrounds]. It was just something I feel apologetic to, and I’m sorry that I made a comment and that hurt anyone — that I made a comment that might affect anyone in the organization, NFL, or anything like that.”
The apology doesn’t erase what he said, but it shows that progress is being made. Minds are opening. One day a player will have the courage to come out, and an owner will have the resolve to give him a contract. A lot of fans and players will scream and rage, but the bigots of the world need to realize their ignorance and hate will not prevail.