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by Liku Zelleke
TMZ, the popular celebrity news and gossip site, looks like it has been caught with its foot in its mouth. The site reported that Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith fired off a “homophobic slur” on a social media network.
According to the site, Torrey Smith has put himself “into the mix by hurling a homophobic slur in public” after the NFL player posted a photo of a man wearing pink socks with flowery patterns on Instagram. He captioned it with: “Look at this queen.”
The post then went on to say that the timing couldn’t have been any worse especially when the news of Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe saying that he was pretty sure he was released from the team because of his activism on behalf of same-sex marriage, was still fresh in the public’s mind.
TMZ also mentioned that NFL players weren’t new to controversy around the topic and mentioned, as an example, the case of the 49ers’ defensive player Chris Culliver who got into a huge controversy after saying he wouldn’t play with a gay teammate, stating he wasn’t into “that sweet stuff.”
But Torrey Smith wasn’t going to take it lying down. He took to Twitter to explain the whole situation.
One of the first things that he made clear was that the picture was not of just any man, but that of his own brother. He went also added that the socks his brother wore, actually belonged to their sister.
About the report on TMZ he had this to say:
“The things these gossip sites do to get attention smh [shaking my head] … I wasn’t being offensive nor am I homophobic not apologizing or taking it down.”
To the people at TMZ, he tweeted:
“don’t do that I was joking with my brother and if you think I was leaning towards being offensive you would know that I have been supportive of gay rights … if you are looking for a story look somewhere else.“
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