The Human Rights Campaign has blasted Lousiana State University running back Alfred Blue and head coach Les Miles for making offensive remarks about gay players.
"Football is supposed to be this violent sport — this aggressive sport that grown men are supposed to play," Blue said, according to the HRC. "Ain't no little boys out here between them lines. So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. You know? Like, how you going to say you can do what we do and you want a man?"
Miles made a more diplomatic statement, saying he would have to "describe how I saw locker rooms and how I saw travel and how I saw staying in hotel rooms and how I saw those things. If that's not an issue, I think things [with gay players] could be resolved."
Blue later apologized for his remarks, while other LSU players came to the defense of gay athletes.
"The remarks from LSU head coach Les Miles and one of his players are deeply troubling and send the wrong message to youth across the country," said HRC president Chad Griffin in a statement. "Sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with one's ability to play a sport. These men should be telling our youth that if they put their mind to something and work hard, they can achieve it. If Les Miles doesn't think he can be that kind of leader, he should step aside and make way for someone who is."