After a couple of players denied doing the video and the, when confronted with it, said they didn’t know what it was for, the video was pulled.
The 49ers, who will play in the Super Bowl against Baltimore on Feb. 3, were the first National Football League team to submit a video for the campaign. The video originally featured four players: Ahmad Brooks, Ricky Jean Francois, Isaac Sopoaga and Donte Whitner. But Brooks and Sopoaga both denied to USA Today on Thursday that they took part in the campaign.
“This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay,” Brooks said. “It’s their right. But I didn’t make any video.” Sopoaga said he never went to the filming of the video and said someone was “using [his] name.”
After being shown the video, Sopoaga refused to comment, while Brooks said, “Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video.”