The 5 Dumbest Things Said During Super Bowl XLVII Week
In the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, it sometimes seemed there were more members of the media than fans in New Orleans. The result? Microphones and video cameras were everywhere picking up dumb comments by 49ers and Ravens players who would probably much rather just play the game. Here are the 5 dumbest things said during Super Bowl week:
Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers
"No, we don't got no gay people on the team…they gotta get up out of here if they do."
Radio host Artie Lange was questioning San Francisco 49ers' cornerback Chris Culliver on whether or not gay players would be welcome on the team. The interview came in the wake of former Niners' offensive lineman Kwame Harris' pretrial hearing on domestic violence and assault charges involving a former boyfriend. Culliver issued an apology, but his commentary served as one of the dumbest things said at Super Bowl XLVII.
Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga, San Francisco 49ers
"This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay, but I didn't make any video" — Brooks
"I never went, and now someone is using my name." - Sopoaga
Both Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga were part of the San Francisco 49ers' 'It Gets Better' video filmed last summer. The concept was started to ease the fright many gays feel about being accepted. Even though both players are shown in the clip below, they each denied ever being involved in the project and disavowed knowledge after they were reminded of their appearance.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
"I think it's retarded."
New Jersey-raised Joe Flacco, the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, was asked about the NFL's plan to host Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in 2014. Flacco responded by using a word that many people find insensitive. He immediately caught himself and changed his adjective to 'stupid,' but he couldn't unsay the offensive word. Flacco kept very quiet the remainder of Super Bowl week in New Orleans.
Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers
"I really do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game."
Never at a loss for words, veteran San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver Randy Moss was asked about his own greatness at Super Bowl Media Day. Showing his trademark confidence, Moss declared himself the greatest of all-time, perhaps forgetting that Jerry Rice, who also played for the Niners, could have a very strong argument for that title. Moss, who is now reduced to a role player in the San Francisco offense, didn't back off the claim even after Rice and others refuted his pronouncement.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
"That's the trick of the devil. The trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy."
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is always a magnet for controversy. This week, 'Sports Illustrated ' published a report that accused Lewis and other athletes used banned substances from an alternative medicine clinic. Instead of addressing the charge, Lewis stepped into preacher mode, swatting away the accusation by equating the media's queries into temptations. It's not in the video clip below, but it he did say it immediately afterward. While no one can disrespect Lewis on the field, plenty of fans are sick of his off-the-field persona. The owner of the clinic disavowed the charge later in the week.