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Bradford Bulls rugby player warned over shirtless photo shoot comment

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  1. There appear to have been several incidents recently where rugby players have engaged in homophobic commentary on social media and there have been relatively toothless responses from the requisite clubs. Its time to demonstrate that rugby treats homophobia with more seriousness than Sepp Blatter regards racism and other forms or prejudice …

  2. jamestoronto 24 Nov 2011, 1:20pm

    Will something actually be done or is this all fluff for our benefit? We wait.

  3. jamestoronto 24 Nov 2011, 1:25pm

    News Flash —– straight men are in gay magazines all the time. How is this one a team let down. Come out of your own private closet of ignorance and enter the real world —- and learn to spell.

  4. What else do you expect from an adult that bites other people? I shall term it small penis syndrome.

    1. Guess I struck a nerve.

  5. Mumbo Jumbo 24 Nov 2011, 1:46pm

    Being fair-minded, secure in your own sexuality and up for a laugh in a photo shoot is a good thing.

    Being a small-minded, biting your opponents and displaying a laughable command of English in public is letting the side down.

  6. “A spokesman told the comment had been removed on Monday 20 November and Whitehead had apologised, saying his comment related only to Reardon’s pose.”

    So the comment remained on his Facebook page for 2 weeks.

    And the fact that the clearly stupid player stated on his Facebook page that ” This a gay mag or something!!! You have really let the bradford bus down with this fort better from u [sic]“. is meant to relate only to the pose.

    Barefaced lies from the Bradford Bulls.

    Both the Bradford Bulls and Ospreys must be monitored closely.

    With their half hearted, self justifying manner of dealing with bigotry, both these clubs have shown that they do not regard homophobia seriously.

    1. Cupid Stunt 24 Nov 2011, 5:13pm

      You fake.

  7. It would appear that many of these clubs have signed up to the code of practice at the highest level, but the process of ensuring players and training staff are familiar with what this means in practice has not been carried out well, if at all.

    If a club has explicitly said to its players what is and is not acceptable then the punishment for that player should be severe. If the club has merely signed up to the code but taken little or no action to enforce it, other than ensuring the media knows they are signatories then they are guilty of a sham publicity stunt and should be punished by the RFU.

    Either way the RFU needs to give this policy some teeth and invest in some education for all its members and players, otherwise it is worthless.

    Oh and I’m not sure why this player thinks apologising to ‘officials’ is appropriate. They are not the ones he offended, just the ones who go caught out for not making sure he knew right from wrong.

    1. What has this got to do with the RFU? Bradford Bulls are a Rugby league team but your bigotry towards people from the North of England procludes your recognition of it as a sport.

  8. It doesn’t seem like this man is even capable of “fort”.

    1. Spot on Joss

  9. Don Harrison 25 Nov 2011, 4:04pm

    There so many prudes about

  10. SteveDenver 27 Nov 2011, 3:37am

    The statement against the homophobic comment benefits us and society.

  11. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 10:06am

    Good to see action being taken and taken seriously.

    Now, when can we see the same in football?

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