Harrison Smith came to the defense of special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer on Friday, calling the accusations made by former punter Chris Kluwe "a shame."The article also notes that Vikings kicker Blair Walsh has also spoken publicly in defense of the special teams coach. Underlying Sparklegate is the fact that there isn't a single sane player in the NFL who wants the league to get into the business of politically policing the views of its players and its coaches. Even if Priefer did say it would be a smashing idea to put all the gays on an island and nuke it until it glows, not only is that his perfect right to express his opinion, but I guarantee it is a more moderate view than that held by many of the black players in the league. They're not exactly what one would call keen on "that sweet stuff". Can't be in there with that, nah.
As a rookie in 2012, Smith said he attended many special-teams meetings with Priefer and Kluwe. "In my experience with Coach Priefer, he has been nothing but a classy guy," Smith said in a phone interview. "He's been respectful for everybody's views, whether you're black, white, Mexican, any religion. ... I just think it's a shame to take a shot at a guy when he can't defend himself. I just don't think it's very fair that you can say whatever you want that somebody said something to you and you don't really have any person to back it up. I don't think that's good. I just think it's a slippery slope."
As an NCAA D1 sprinter, I competed against several future NFL players. And believe me, merely being a) white, and b) under 200 pounds was enough to provoke suspicious stares and the occasional interrogation about your sexual preferences. From what I observed, elite black athletes really do not like the "little white faggots" who fetishize them.
Remember, the NFL does not only consist of educated white coaches who speak in hyperbole. As politically correct as the league is, it also has to be coldly realistic about the possibility of groups of 75 IQ steroid-addled physical specimens reacting to an inappropriate pass in the locker room by beating someone to death. The Hernandez case is bad enough; like it or not, the NFL has very good reasons for wanting to keep homosexuality tightly locked in the closet and none of them involve religious white conservatives.
It appears Sparklepunter is finally beginning to realize just how deeply he has put his foot in it. If he doesn't continue to rapidly backtrack, he's going to come out of this looking more racist than a card-carrying Ku Klux Klan member.