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TMZ Falsely Accuses NFL Player of Being Homphobic: He Fires Back

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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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  1. The term “homophobic” is being used to intimidate people who say “anything” that does not conform to what white LIBERALS think you should believe. You can believe, as I do, that people, regardless of their sexual preference should NOT be discriminated against or hArassed and SHOULD be treated with human decency. HOWEVER, I don’t have to believe that the behavior is “NORMAL” nor accept it as anything other than something getting screwed up in utero.
    Sh-t happens in the development of a human being that is not consistent with the human “design”. People shouldn’t be intimated as long as they are not advocating discriminatory treatment.
    No apology necessary Mr Smith.

  2. Why should we as black people say things that we do not mean, just to imply that it is ok for us to talk as things that we don’t think like are alright. I think that these habits are unhealthy and sin in the site of Yahsuhura and Elohim the all mighty.

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