The San Francisco 49ers, who happen to be playing in a certain football game this Sunday, earned a bit of bad press earlier in the week after cornerback Chris Culliver decided to let the world know that he “[doesn’t] do the gay guys, man” and that any pro football players who happen to be gay should probably stay in the closet because the whole deal just totally weirds him out, girl. Trust!
Culliver then issued what may be the least effective damage control statement ever, saying that “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.”
You’d think the clip below–recorded as part of Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better” anti-bullying PSA campaign for gay and lesbian youth–might help nip that problem in the bud, right?
No such luck: yesterday two of the very players who appear in the video denied ever making it.
Ahmad Brooks told USA Today: “This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. But I didn’t make any video” before recognizing his own face in the clip above. He then provided an update, saying that “It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay [rights] video.”
The implication: Sure, he made the video–but if he’d known it were intended for an LGBT audience he never would have bothered.
Teammate Isaac Sopowaga went even further with his denial, telling the reporter that “I never went, and now someone is using my name” (no update from his camp yet).
In light of these bizarre denials, Dan Savage removed the video from the official “It Gets Better” site.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) February 1, 2013
Unfortunately, homophobia probably won’t be a big deal to too many football fans. But these three players just gave us a great crash course in “Media Relations 101: How to Look Like a Complete Idiot.”