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GLAAD Calls For Apology From Hampton

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    Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton apologized in a statement on Tuesday for suggesting that the Minnesota Vikings need to go into New Orleans this week and “hit that town like Katrina” on Pro Football Weekly’s television show, whereon he serves as co-host. He did not, however, address his comments regarding the Cowboys--saying that they were “more of the ‘Brokeback’ variety.”

    Now, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has called for an apology from Hampton regarding the comment, which they see as defamatory. In a statement on GLAAD’s official blog, one official writes:

    "Hampton was trying to insult the Cowboys by comparing them to gay people - simple as that. Hampton wasn't actually saying the Cowboys players are gay, but by making this comment, Hampton telegraphed to his audience that gay men are not good enough, just as he doesn't believe the Dallas Cowboys are good enough. Hampton needs to apologize for this offensive and defamatory statement, just as he needed to apologize for his Katrina comment. We will be calling Pro Football Weekly to voice our concerns."

    In response to the demands for an apology, Hub Arkush, editor of Pro Football Weekly, told AfterElton.com, "We will be responding to the ‘Brokeback’ comment as well, and it absolutely will include an apology.

    “In our horror over the discomfort caused by the ‘Katrina’ comment we rushed to offer the most sincere apologies we could and some folks took even further umbrage at our apologies. As badly as we feel about both situations we are trying our very best to be sure we don't do anything that might offend anyone even more."

     

     

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