Tony Dungy is homophobe of the week.

He’s spending time in the national media’s barrel because, when asked about Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, he said he would not have drafted him if he were still an NFL head coach.

Dungy was a wildly successful and universally admired player and coach in the NFL for more than 30 years and is now an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America, the number one rated TV show in the United States. He gave an honest answer and said that Sam would be a distraction and that, ” It’s not going to be totally smooth…things will happen.”

He teed himself up for the self-righteous national media and they knocked him out of the park.
But Dungy knows things that very few in the media know.

He knows what it’s like to be in an NFL locker room, not as an interloper, but as a member of the team. And here’s something else he knows that all but a microscopic sliver of the media critics don’t know: He knows what it’s like to be black. He knows that gay black men have it much tougher than gay white men. Everybody knows that two-thirds of the players in an NFL locker room are black.
The white media stars who got on their high horses and lectured Dungy on his hypocritical lack of tolerance could have done a 10 second Google search and found plenty of references to the unique hardships endured by gay black men.

They could have found this quote from openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon: “It’s quite different for an African-American male. It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.”

They might have found the study done by Rutgers journalism professor Michael LaSala last year for the Journal of GLBT Studies that found that being a gay black man presents unique challenges.One challenge, according to LaSala is “The rigid expectations of exaggerated masculinity” held by many in the black community.

LaSala says, it was a common theme among relatives of gay black men that, “They carry a special stigma that some straight black males may find particularly disturbing. The world already sees you as less than others. By being gay, you’re further hurting the image of African-American men.”

Tony Dungy was in the NFL for over 30 years. He’s been black all his life. Could it be that he knows that, despite what black players say in front of the cameras, many, if not most of them, may not be as tolerant of gay black men as the mostly white media would like to think that they are?

If acceptance of gay men is already a problem among African-Americans, would it be surprising to find even less tolerance in the typical hyper-masculine NFL locker room?

Should it be shocking that Dungy believes, “Things will happen,” and that those things would make it less likely that he could do what he’s paid millions of dollars to do –win a championship?
Of course, Dungy could never say it out loud.

Do you know why?

The mostly white, holier than thou, national media wouldn’t tolerate it for a second.

– The Steelers go into training camp coming off a 6-2 finish last season and, based on their schedule in the first half, they should be at least that good in their next eight games.

They play the Browns, Buccaneers and Texans at home and the Ravens, Panthers, Jaguars and Browns on the road in the first seven weeks. They will be favored in five of those games. Game 8 is against the Colts at home, a tough one but very winnable. If they aren’t at least 5-3 at the halfway point, they’ll have a tough time winning 10 games because the second half schedule is much harder than the first half and much tougher than the last half of 2013.

They have the Saints, Chiefs, Falcons and the Bengals twice in the last five weeks.
It says here that they will go 10-6.

– Ben Roethlisberger has been told not to expect a contract extension this year. He has two years left on the eight-year, $108 million contract he signed before the 2008 season.

Roethlisberger should be forever grateful to the Steelers for not cutting him after his second sexual assault accusation in 2010. Prior to that he had stupidly injured himself while riding a motorcycle without a helmet, been seen riding the motorcycle without a helmet again after recovering from surgery to reconstruct his face and acquired a reputation around town as one of the biggest jerks in Pittsburgh sports history.

His teammates despised him.

The fact that he’s still a Steeler is proof of two things. He is a great player and there is no longer any such thing as “The Steeler Way.”

  • Crash

    Batch, Three Others Accused in Rape Case

    December 21, 2001|Associated Press


    Three NFL players and a former player were accused in a lawsuit Thursday of drugging and raping a woman at a Las Vegas apartment and hotel room in May 2000.

    The woman is seeking at least $20,000 in damages, although she is able to seek a higher figure later.

    Detroit Lion quarterback Charlie Batch and safety Ron Rice, former Lion defensive back Tyree Talton and Miami Dolphin wide receiver Dedric Ward are named in the lawsuit filed in Clark County District Court.

    “I vehemently deny the allegations,” Batch said in a statement.

    “The police investigated in May 2000 and found nothing illegal took place. These accusations are just another example of how success in sports makes someone a target.

    “The courts will provide my complete vindication. We will aggressively pursue all available legal remedies.”

    In a statement, Ward said: “These allegations are completely false and totally without merit.”

    Criminal charges were never filed against the four.


    Charlie Batch, after this hideous accusation of gang rape, was then signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two years BEFORE Ben Roethlisberger was drafted.

    So to quote the phrase that seems to be a favorite of yours? Stick your Ben obsession in your ass.

  • Crash

    November 14, 1992


    Author: BYLINE: TIM NELSON Staff Writer

    Edition: Metro Final
    Section: Metro
    Page: 1D

    Estimated printed pages: 2

    Article Text:

    Mario Lemieux was in a nearby bed during the alleged rape of a
    19-year-old Twin Cities woman by North Star center Dan Quinn and he didn’t try
    to stop it, said Tom Bauer, the woman’s attorney, in a televised interview on

    Bauer did not return repeated phone calls from the Pioneer Press earlier
    in the day, but he told television reporters that the Pittsburgh Penguin’s
    superstar center may have some responsibility for the incident.

    “What you have to deal with here is a dark room with teen-age girls,
    where one girl may be engaging in quiet sexual intercourse without the other
    knowing it,” Bauer said.

    “At the time my client cried out for help, she was being raped by Dan
    Quinn,” Bauer said. “The testimony I got today from the other 19-year-old girl
    is that she struggled to get up, that she asked to help her friend, and that she
    was held in place by Mario Lemieux.”

    Lemieux was in Michigan on Friday as the Penguins faced off against the
    Detroit Red Wings. An attorney representing the team in Minnesota after the
    alleged assault Tuesday did not return calls Friday.

    The same team that under Mario Lemieux the owner who employed Billy Tibbets, then they employed Kevin Stevens after being busted with a whore and crack in East St. Louis.

    Don’t bad mouth the Steelers for keeping uncharged Ben, while ignoring the past actions of player, and then OWNER, Mario Lemieux.

    It’s called consistency. You’re lack of it, is why you are relegated to internet radio (spare me the retirement gibberish, you tried to get full time work on the Fan) and this blog.

  • Bobzilla

    The fact that Roethlisberger is still a Steeler is proof of one thing: The organization would’ve had to ingest a lot of bonus money. The word “great” seldom enters my mind to describe a QB who threw 17 TD passes in each of the Steelers’ 3 Super Bowl seasons. I mean, this is the 2000s, right?