More Anti-Gay 49ers Players: Players Deny Appearing In LGBT Anti-Bullying Video

(L-R) 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, nose tackle 

Isaac Sopoaga as they appeared 
in the team’s “It Gets Better” video. 
It appears as if Chris Culliver isn’t the only 49ers player that has a problem with LGBT people. CBS San Francisco reported yesterday that two players – linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga – deny having appeared in the anti-bullying video the 49ers made in August in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. According to CBS San Francisco: 

Two members of the San Francisco 49ers who made an anti-bullying video in August in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth denied appearing in the video Wednesday, until reporters showed them the clip. 

When shown the video, the players said they didn’t realize the point of the video was to fight bullying against LGBT youth. 

49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga were questioned about their participation in the video made for the “It Gets Better” project, following the uproar over teammate Chris Culliver’s homophobic remarks on gay players. Safety Donte Whitner and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois also appeared in the video. 

However, both Brooks and Sopoaga told USA Today reporters Wednesday they never appeared in the video. “I didn’t make any video,” Brooks told USA Today. “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.” 

When one reporter showed him the video on his cellphone, Brooks said, “Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay video.” Sopoaga also told the reporter he did not remember the participating in the video, the report said, even as another teammate tried to jog his memory. 

Here’s the It Gets Better video they appeared in:

Someone should tell these idiots exactly how they appear backtracking on their forward-thinking LGBT stance mid-stream – especially right before their big game on Sunday. Also – how can someone NOT realize what the It Gets Better project is at this point?

Speaking of idiocy: do these two men realize what city they’re representing? San Francisco isn’t just gay friendly – it’s notoriously gay in general. It’s jokingly referred to as the gay mecca by many gay men and women. This new anti-gay controversy marks the second time this month the 49ers have been put into an uncomfortable media position – and this time, they may not be able to get away with a simple apology. Late last evening, Dan Savage (who founded the project) posted this on Twitter:

Idiocy aside, this won’t just go away with a quick apology and “we didn’t mean to offend anyone.” This is offensive. Both of these players were fine doing an anti-bullying video until they realized it was for anti-gay bullying – and then suddenly it isn’t okay? This is the exact reason these videos exist in the first place – to rid the world of these bigots’ mindset. Is this really the way the San Francisco 49ers want to enter their Super Bowl weekend? It’s just shameful.

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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