Two players from the San Francisco 49ers have denied making an ‘It Gets Better’ video, despite them literally appearing in it.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga were asked about the video after teammate Chris Culliver said his team ‘don’t got no gay players’ and ‘they gotta get up outta here if they do’.
‘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.’
The American newspaper, confused, told Brooks they had seen him in the video.
Brooks responded by saying ‘I don’t remember that. I think if I made a video, I’d remember it.’
The reporter then showed Brooks the public service announcement on his phone.
‘Oh that,’ Brooks said. ‘It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay video.’
When pointed out his mistake, the linebacker said: ‘Ok, you’re right and I’m wrong. Are you from one of those New York newspapers?’
Sopoaga was also surprised he had appeared in the video, saying ‘No. I never went. And now someone is using my name.’
When he was shown the video, and asked if he wanted to comment on it, Sopoaga said ‘No’.
Dan Savage, the gay activist who came up with the It Gets Better campaign to help prevent gay teen suicide, has since pulled the 49ers’ video from the website.
Check out Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sapoaga in the It Gets Better video here: