That didn’t take long. Less than a day after the Twitterverse took Atlanta Falcons’ end zone flipper Roddy White to task for implying that being gay is a bad choice, he apologizes – but not for the right reason.
The blogosphere blew up Thursday when White’s tweets went anti-gay in response to an innocuous question about whether he’d rather lead the league in receiving or win a Super Bowl.
“Would u rather be gay or straight come on u know that answer.”
He only made it worse by getting defensive and huffy when called to the carpet. So Thursday evening, White tweeted again. This time, he said he’s sorry – for “saying the word gay,” but not for his implication that “gay” equals “wrong choice.”
“OK people I apologize for saying the word gay I know it’s a sensitive subject and a athlete of my stature should not use it.”
Like we said when the story broke, it’s fine to use the word gay. Yes, even for someone of White’s “stature,” or of any stature for that matter. Gay is not a bad word. The implication that anyone would obviously rather be straight is why you should apologize, Roddy.
According to WSB, the Falcons office had no comment other than to stand by White’s apology. We’re betting they’ll revisit that if the heat keeps coming. You know, like when White publicly dissed the NFL commissioner on Twitter in February. Some fools never learn.
But the team on Friday did promote its latest addition to Twitter: QB Matt Ryan. Let’s hope Ryan has a better approach than White.