Quick, which of the two cities represented in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, San Fransisco or Baltimore, do you think has the friendlier attitude towards homosexuality?
The winner, or loser, rather, this time, is San Francisco, whose cornerback Chris Culliver said in an interview “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.”
Culliver further added that any gay players in the league would need to wait for ten years after they retired to come out.
Why was he asked that? In the two week run up to the Super Bowl there’s a lot of downtime and even more media lurking around than usual, which makes for some great non-football soundbites from the players. Those same members of the gotcha-media are also always trying to trick unsuspecting homophobes into saying all sorts of homophobic stuff that they were already thinking. Doesn’t seem fair.
By the way, that sweet stuff?
On the other hand, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been outspoken all year about his support of gay rights.
Hours after Ayanbadejo’s team beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, paving their way to football’s biggest game, the three-time Pro Bowl special teams player wrote an email to gay marriage proponents asking how he could use his time in the limelight support the cause.
“Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?” Ayanbadejo, 36, wrote to Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik, who works closely with activist and businessman Russell Simmons on political issues.
Then again, Ravens teammate Matt Birk published an op-ed earlier this season in the Star Tribune in defense of traditional marriage as a response to comments made by Ayanbadejo at the time, writing “I think it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is and is not about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing.” So… it’s a bit of a mixed bag there on Ravens.
In related news, 15 year old Jadin Bell, a gay Oregon student, hanged himself in his school playground this week. He was bullied for being different.
Culliver has since apologized. No word on whether Jadin Bell and the other dead gay teens could hear it from their graves.