Manny Pacquiao has created a tornado of controversy after stating people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”. The 37-year-old has been heavily criticized across all sections of the society and the popularity meter has certainly come down for the man who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate in May’s elections.
Although criticized, Manny Pacquiao is an alleged homophobic and his comments have stressed on that. However, he is not the first in the world of sport who have openly been alleged homophobic and looking at the trend, Pacquiao certainly won’t be the last.
Let us look at 15 other sports personalities other that Manny Pacquiao who have demonstrated homophobia.
- Ravel Morrison
The soccer player from England rocked the headlines back in 2012 when he responded to some Twitter comments by using the F-word. It was not the regular curse word, but the gay F-bomb which caused the Football Association (FA) to fine him £7000 (US $10,000).
- Federico Macheda
Italian Macheda is the second soccer player on the list. He repeated the same incident as Ravel Morrison by using the words, “little f*****”. He was immediately fined £15,000 (US $21,500) by the FA.
- DeSean Jackson
The Washington Redskins wide receiver used the words “gay-ass f*****” on a caller to a radio show in 2011. He later apologized.
- Amar’e Stoudemire
In 2011, Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA after he cursed a fan on Twitter by commenting, “F*** you, I don’t have to do anything, f**”.
- Julian Tavarez
Back in 2001, Tavarez was booed playing for the Chicago Cubs against San Francisco Giants. On being asked about the incident after the game, Tavarez called the fans in San Francisco a bunch of “assholes and f*****s”.
- Garrison Hearst
In 2002 Hearst offended defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo by saying, “Aww, hell no! I don’t want any fa****s on my team.”
- Brandon Spikes
In 2012 Spikes tweeted, “I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub!” Maybe, he meant it as a joke, but still the world considered it as gay bashing.
- Manny Smith
Smith received a fan message after his club Walsall won just a single game out of twenty. To which Smith delivered a homophobic reply. He went on to post the remark on a local gay website.
- Nile Ranger
English striker Ranger is more popular for his off field scandals than his on field heroics. From violent crime allegations to alcohol related infractions, Ranger has done it all. In 2012, he made a gay slur on Twitter for which he was fined £6000 (US $8,500).
- Jason Williams
In 2001, a Golden State fan Michael Ching called Williams a “skinhead”. Williams responded with “Are you a f**? Are you gay?”
- John Rocker
In 1999 Rocker had one of the most prejudicial outburst in sports history which landed him in trouble.
- Lee Steele
Towards the end of his career in 2012, Steele made a bad reference to gay former rugby player Gareth Thomas.
“Wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockmyarse” Steele tweeted.
- David Tyree
Tyree said that he would give up his famous catch and the Super Bowl victor for a ban on gay marriage.
- Brock Lesnar
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Lesnar has been quite vocal about his dislike for gays. Back in 2004, a journalist quoted him saying, “I don’t like gays. Write that down in your little notebook. I don’t like gays!”
- Kobe Bryant
One of the best NBA players of all time was fined $100,000 for making anti-gay slurs and comments back in 2011.
It has to be noted that sports is filled with adrenaline rush and some of the “slurs” could have been during the heat of a moment. We are certain that none of the superstars actually meant to hurt someone’s feeling. Many of them have also come forward to apologize.
However, sports personalities have to be more careful about what they speak, especially in front of a microphone or social media. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe, than sorry”.
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