NEW ORLEANSWhen four members of the San Francisco 49ers made an anti-bullying video in August for the “It Gets Better Project,” they were hailed as trail blazers — big, strong athletes in a game bathed in testosterone and homophobia, who were prepared to take on the narrow minds of the NFL locker rooms. But two of the players who took part in the video — linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga — strangely denied making the video. Then, when shown the video, they said they didn’t realize the aim of the production was to fight the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. At first, Brooks and Sopoaga, approached by USA TODAY Sports, denied being part of the project. “I didn’t make any video,” Brooks said. “This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It’s their right. But I didn’t make any video.” When told USA TODAY Sports had seen the video and he was in it, Brooks replied, “I don’t remember that. I think if I made a video, I’d remember it.” He was shown the video on an iPhone. “I know that. I know that,” he said. “Okay, you’re right and I’m wrong. Are you from one of those New York newspapers?”

What the hell is going on in the San Francisco locker room? Used to be the gayest place ever with Jeff Garcia calling hot routes straight to TO’s prostate. Now it’s overflowing with homophobes. Culliver saying he doesn’t want a gay dude to share a shower with him is one thing but Brooks and Sopoaga are basically saying “Uh uh. No way. I didn’t say I don’t want gay kids to kill themselves. Don’t put words in my mouth!” It’s a fucking video of you telling kids that life gets better, not of you jerking off to a One Direction video and using the 10 Commandments as a cum rag. Chill the fuck out bro.

Has anybody in the world ever been worse at reading a room than the 49ers? Their PR guy better step it up. Put a camera in front of them and they can’t denounce homosexuality fast enough. Hey guys, you’re the San Francisco 49ers. Melissa Ethridge thinks your town is too gay. 90% of your diehard fans will miss crucial parts of the game because they’re busy fucking each other in the asshole. Maybe pretend to not hate gay people for like 5 minutes? Really not that hard.

Oh and the line from Brooks after he got caught is priceless. “Ok you’re right! That’s me in the video that’s clearly me. What do you want me to say? You’re right and I’m wrong! What are you from one of those fancy, truth-seekin’ newspapers up north?”