DeSean Jackson and Gordon Beckham are the latest to hurl homophobic jabs -- and send a dangerous message to bullies
Dear professional athletes: Dudes, you have got to come up with new slurs. In April, Kobe Bryant mouthed off to a ref over a technical foul, calling him a "fucking faggot" to the tune of a $100,000 fine. Then in May, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah fired a "Fuck you, faggot" during a heated exchange with a fan in the stands. But apparently other sportsmen have not grasped the "teachable moment" that the NBA has of late so generously been offering.
First, during a June 30 Sirius XM radio appearance Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson did not take kindly when a caller asked if he'd ever "got his dick knocked in the dirt." "What type of question is that?" he countered. "Say 'no homo,' gay-ass. Faggot." Not content to let his "gay-ass" commentary speak for itself, he then took to – where else? – Twitter to insult grammar and spelling like they were homosexuals. "WANNA BRING ME DOWN BUT IM OK!!" he wrote. "THEY LOOKN 2 TAKE YA DOWN AT ALL TIMES NO MATTER HOW POSITIVE AND WHAT U DO!! ITS ALWAYS A WAY THEY TRY TO GET YA.... IM STANDIN TALL."
Then last week Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham scrawled a message in the dirt to Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz during a game, a little ribbing between friends. It read, "GETZ IS GAY! GB."
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