The San Francisco 49ers were the first NFL team to make an “It Gets Better” video, yet two players who participated in it apparently suffered too many hits to the head as they deny ever making the PSA.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga were asked about the video after teammate Chris Culliver eloquently told radio host Artie Lange that his team “don’t got no gay players” and that “they gotta get up outta here if they do.”
Although they are literally two of the four 49ers to appear in it, Brooks and Sopoaga initially denied having a part in the team’s “It Gets Better” 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.”
USA Today then told Brooks that not only had they seen the video, but they had seen him in the video, Brooks responded, “I don’t remember that. I think if I made a video, I’d remember it.”
And that’s when the reporter opened up the cash register and produced a receipt; Brooks was shown the PSA on an iPhone.
“Oh, that,” he said. “It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video.”
The USA Today reporter then pointed out that studies show the majority of bullying is based on a teen’s sexual identity, leading Brooks to contemplate for a second, or several.
“I know that. I know that,” Brooks said. “Okay, you’re right and I’m wrong. Are you from one of those New York newspapers?”
Sopoaga was also incredulous over his inclusion in the video, even as teammate Will Tukuafu tried to jog his memory.
“Yeah, you made that video, remember?” Tukuafu said.
“No,” Sopoaga said. “I never went. And now someone is using my name.”
Sopoaga was then shown the video, after which he asked, “What was that for?”
When told it was to stop anti-gay bullying, Sopoaga responded, “Yeah, OK.” Asked if he would like to comment on the video, the always loquacious Sopoaga said, “No.”
So either the 49ers didn’t let their players know they were making a video supporting gay teens, or Brooks and Sopoaga are, how can we put this gently, idiots. We suspect it was probably both. Not like it matters now, since Dan Savage has pulled the 49ers’ video from the It Gets Better website in the wake of all their homophobic trash talk.