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Cleveland Browns Linebacker Apologizes for Tweeting ’Faggot’

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Nov 30, 2012

An NFL linebacker for Ohio's Cleveland Browns has issued an apology after he offended the LGBT community for tweeting the word "faggot," CBS Sports reports. Tank Carder's tweet also upset his coach, Pat Shurmur, who said he has addressed the situation.

"It's very inappropriate. Obviously, he does not speak for me or the Cleveland Browns. It was very wrong and not something we condone," Shurmur said. The coach has been critical of his players for using social media like Twitter and Facebook, but has not banned them outright from using them. Although Carder hasn't said whether he's been slapped with a fine for the offensive tweet, he did apologize on Wednesday for the anti-gay remark.

"It wasn't intended to hurt anyone, but it did," Carder said. He added that he would never use the word again and then tweeted an apology (on his Twitter account, of course), in which he wrote, "I was not bashing the gay community in any way...if you knew me you would know I wouldn't do that. Again I'm sorry if you were offended. I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used! I did not in any way mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn't define me as a person!"

Outsports first broke the story and reported that Carder, who was selected in the 2012 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills and signed with the Browns in September, got into an online argument that sparked the use of the homophobic epithet. Although the original tweet has been deleted, a number of Twitter users replied to the athlete and expressed their disapproval.

Carder initially defended himself.

"@craigcraiglife I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word," Carder tweeted to a follower. "@DJive19 faggot is actually a bundle of twigs...there's your research," he tweeted to another user.

Soon after the football player made the tweet, however, Cleveland Browns management chimed in. "These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion," Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said. "We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him."

CBS Sports quoted out-gay former Texas Christian University football player Vince Pryor's reaction to Carder's choice of words.

"I was surprised and disappointed to read about the anti-gay remarks you made on Twitter," Pryor wrote. "As an alumnus of TCU and a former football player, I know from my experience that your words do not represent the culture of TCU. However, I am disappointed in the lack of understanding you've shown in the effect your words can have on young athletes who consider you a role model."

Although the sports world has seen progress in the recent months when it comes to LGBT equality and acceptance, thanks to players like the Minnesota Vikings' very articulate punter Chris Kluew, incidents continue to occur where players have anti-gay outbursts.

In September, for example, the Associated Press reported that Yunel Escobar, a shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays, was suspended for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic Spanish slur.

"It was not something I intended to be offensive," Escobar said through a translator. "It was not anything intended to be directed at anyone in particular." Officials from the Blue Jays suspended the baseball player for three games, which resulted in an $82,000 salary loss.


  • , 2012-11-30 08:29:59

    Sometimes they are hiding something within thenselfs

  • , 2012-11-30 08:58:17

    I’m sure he meant what he said initially. He should receive a fine.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-30 09:00:36

    Dollars to donuts ole Tank has yanked other cranks... and not just for pranks.

  • , 2012-11-30 11:47:30

    He can say whatever he wants. This is a society where freedom of speech is guaranteed. No one has to like it.But people get over it. I am sick of all this politically correct crap.....

  • , 2012-11-30 13:32:08

    listen to Louie C. K.’s bit on the subject, "faggot" hasn’t meant ANYTHING gay for anyone under 50 EVER! "People from Phoenix are Phoenicians..." was his example of what faggots say! A faggot is someone who says something faggy. All these pc liberals need to back off and stop acting like faggots!!!

  • , 2012-11-30 13:41:11

    Inappropriate...probably. >> Certainly inappropriate in a politically correct society rampant with liberals who get to freely criticize every opinion someone makes. But to simply call someone a faggot isn’t anti-gay or gay anything!! It’s just a word people. By empowering it you make it exactly what you say you don’t want it to be. Don’t react to it and it has no power over you!!!!!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-30 15:10:20

    You thick skinned mother fuckers aren’t an impressionable 5th grader who is trying to sort out his feelings and find an identity while trying to be the BLBITW. True, the word doesn’t have any control over me anymore, but I can dig deep and remember the pain like it was the first time. So, fuck you and your anonymous whining about bleeding heart liberals. We’re the ones who donate to support your family after you shoot yourself in the head from self-loathing.

  • , 2012-11-30 16:55:17

    If the word offended you then ..Fuck YOU! I am tired of the whole world catering to this closet group. It is like today you almost have to say Hey, I am coming out of the closet to announce I am straight. What a joke and this country is getting more fucked up every day. Not that I do not want to help people out. I am more than happy to have more beautiful women to choose from because of the fudge packers!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-30 19:33:07

    Lol. I’m sure the ladies are just lining up for the privilege of your company.

  • , 2012-11-30 20:43:23

    LOL =Better then dicks lining up for your ass

  • gdhamf, 2012-12-01 05:41:25

    As long as we are talking about ASSHOLES and dicks here is a bit of info for the Bible thumping conservative fucks out there in idiot land, you are just pissed that we are no longer behaving like your door mats and are DEMANDING the restpect that we easily show you, try living in our world you would not be too pleased if you had to put up with 10% of the shit you dish out without even knowing you are doing it. Fuck your tolerance I give a rats ass what you tolerate but disrespect us and we are not going to take it ANYMORE! Any questions? my screen name is anything but anonymous.

  • , 2012-12-01 10:50:50

    gdhamf are my hero of the day. thanks for your comments.

  • , 2012-12-01 11:36:27

    Why is it that the guy uses a poor choice of words (which we all do)and they are ready to give him the chair. How would all of you Politically correct idiots like to lose a $1000 for saying something without meaning it. I’m so sick of feeling like I have to worry about everything I say. This country is trying so hard to cater to all these different groups, it costs billions. Get a backbone and just realize sometimes people say stupid things on accident

  • , 2012-12-01 14:51:22

    Lol, I just hope america joins one day the countries living in the 21 century.

  • , 2012-12-01 15:14:05

    And WE (straight people) are sick of all this gay shit being forced down our throats. Freedom of speech...remember that? If we have to listen to the gay everything stuff then, WE can sure as hell express OUR views. Instead of just the closet release party being heard all the time!

  • gdhamf, 2012-12-01 15:42:34

    We remember freedom of speech we also know that this is NOT a free speech issue, the government has not done ANYTHING to limit what he tweeted. His employer and the rest of the nation have 1st amendment protection too, and if his employer feels that this is in breach of his contract they can fine him, fire him etc... See that is how freedom works, we are all free not just the trash talking shit heads among us.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-12-01 19:31:56

    I am sick and tired of gay this and gay that and gay rights and gay marriage...that’s why I spend hours trolling the gay porn sites and gay news sites about how straight I am.

  • gdhamf, 2012-12-02 00:01:35

    str8 people do not want to hear it? Why don;t you just put your fingers in your ears and shout "la la la la la". Of course it would be simpler to change the station, look at another web page, go back the the str8 porn you were looking at before your mom came into the room, get out of the house, turn off the computer, find companion etc... you get the idea. Go away and let the adults talk.

  • , 2012-12-02 12:50:11

    Hummm, Do not know any straight people searching for any gay porn etc. Again, It is all you hear on most sources of media. What I am saying is that like a lot of people, I would really appreciate a lot less gay everything and more emphasis on what really matters in the world. Gays ARE a minority!

  • gdhamf, 2012-12-02 20:11:07

    TOUGH noogies.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-12-02 22:48:18


  • c_c2013, 2012-12-03 00:43:42

    I like how everyone always says "It wasn’t meant to offend anyone in particular." Not a specific person, just EVERY gay person. That’s not so bad now isit? < sarcasm

  • , 2012-12-04 13:03:32

    If you Repugs ,Bible, bashing idiots dont like it why are you on this thread....go troll somewhere else...

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