Friday, February 1, 2013

Revisionist History: Two 49ers Players Insist They Did Not Appear In ‘It Gets Better’ Video

It was bad enough that San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver said earlier this week that he wouldn’t tolerate a gay teammate and then offered a non-apology apology for saying so. Now, two other 49ers have claimed that they didn’t appear in an “It Gets Better” video they clearly were in. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga denied to USA Today that they made the video, then when showed the video, claimed they didn’t realize it was to fight the bullying of LGBT youth (even though teammate Donte Whitner specifically identifies “LGBT teens”):

BROOKS: I didn’t make any video. This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It’s their right. But I didn’t make any video… I don’t remember that. I think if I made a video, I’d remember it. [After being shown the video...] Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video.

Indeed, the San Francisco 49ers are the only NFL team to have produced a video for the “It Gets Better” project, but Dan Savage has said they’ve removed the video from the project’s website because of these players’ comments. OutSports recut the video without Brooks and Sopoaga, such that it now only features defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois and safety Donte Whitner. Watch it:

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