The San Francisco 49ers earned a lot of goodwill at the start of the season when they becamethe first NFL team to tape an "It Gets Better" spot. Designed to encourage hope and acceptance among gay teens who are being bullied, the "It Gets Better" website features hundreds of videos from teams, groups and individuals eager to voice their support.One video that's no longer posted? The one the 49ers filmed in 2012.
Movement co-founder Dan Savage made the decision to pull the video after linebacker Ahmad Brooks and tackle Isaac Sopoaga strangely denied their involvement with "It Gets Better" when asked about it by Kevin Manahan of USA Today on Thursday afternoon. After being shown the video, the players then claimed ignorance of the ad's intentions and refused comment.
That's not exactly the type of look a team wants to give off when one of its members defensive backChris Culliver airedhis controversial thoughtsabout gay players being welcomed in the NFL. And especially not when it plays in one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.