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[ 11 ] March 24, 2013 |

If you haven’t read Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita’s Times editorial in support of gay marriage, do so. It’s another of the growing examples of professional athletes pushing back against the homophobia that marks American sports culture. This kind of leadership does a lot to open doors for gay athletes.

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  • I think the worm definitively turned on the matter during the kerfuffle over Chris Culliver’s dumbass statement during Superbowl week, or more specifically when Terrell Suggs saying that the Ravens wouldn’t have any problem with a gay teammate was treated as nothing more than a footnote to the story. That the media thought that some previously largely unknown second string cornerback saying dumbasss homophobic things was a more explosive story than a vocal All-Pro and reigning defensive player of the year treating the idea of homophobia in an NFL locker room as though it were the most obviously stupid thing in the world says an awful fucking lot about where the perception of gay individuals has come today.

    • Yes. I think that was a really important turning point as well.

  • dp

    Scott Fujita is an impressive person. I was sorry when he left the Saints for the Browns.

  • Jim

    Interestingly, of the 11 current NFL players who signed the amicus brief supporting marriage equality, 4 are Cleveland Browns.

    • Fake Irishman

      I’m glad at least that I can be proud of my team’s off-the-field actions.

  • Socraticsilence

    This is just another example of Fujita being a a good person, heck Fujita not danding a public apology from Goodell for the Bounty slander amazed me.

  • Eric

    Scott Fujita has been a good guy on on a lot of other issues, too, but this is a really great op-ed. I hope it gets circulated widely.

  • Joshua Brown

    Finally something to feel good about as a Browns fan.

  • Aaron Vogt

    American soccer player Robbie Rogers recently came out in a “soul-baring” 400 word blog post. Rogers is only 26 and had been an active player until very recently (It’s not entirely clear if his self-imposed hiatus is because of injury, fatigue, or directly related to the revelation of his sexual orientation). Anyway, I was moved by the piece at ESPN and was struck by the difference in sports cultures as illustrated by Culliver’s comments mentioned above, and the widespread support that Rogers is receiving from his peers and fellow athletes. The whole thing seemed pretty uplifting until I waded into the comments section and had my faith in humanity predictably destroyed.

  • I’ll be eagerly awaiting all the coverage espn and nfl network give to him for expressing his political views in a public manner just like they did with Tim Tebow. Or do they only do that with rich, white christians?

    • Actually, Fujita is white and fairly rich. So all the more reason for the media to give him Tebow type attention.