Just last month, the San Francisco 49ers suspended a player, running back Brandon Jacobs, for derogatory comments he made about his bosses at the 49ers. He was suspended for the rest of the seasons. This is relevant since 49er cornerback Chris Culliver today made derogatory comments about potentially closeted-gay teammates, suggesting they should get out of the NFL, and the 49ers do not appear to have suspended him, or done anything disciplinary at all.
First, here are some of the comments that got Jacobs suspended last month by the 49ers. Note that the comments disparage the team generally, but also his “boss” in particular:
”I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said in an Instagram post Saturday. ”This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”…
Last month, Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working ”in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work” with a hash tag of ”YouLiveAndYouLearn.”
A few points.
1. The 49ers went public with the disciplinary action about Jacobs. Why aren’t they going public with what they did, or didn’t do, to discipline Chris Culliver? All they’ll say about Culliver is that they “addressed” it. What does that mean? And why the double standard about feeling free to broadcast how they addressed Jacobs’ big mouth but not telling us how they addressed Culliver’s?
2. If Jacobs was suspended for criticizing his team generally, and his boss in particular, then why shouldn’t Chris Culliver be suspended for criticizing closeted teammates and closeted bosses – he might in fact have both, and he certainly made the work environment more hostile for potential gay coaches and teammates in the future.
It’s not a far leap to reach the conclusion that the 49ers think criticizing a coach is a far worse offense than anti-gay hate generally, and creating a hostile workplace for gay teammates and coaches in particular.
Why the hypocrisy, 49ers? Maybe someone should ask them: @49ers