Antonio Cassano Would Like You To Know He’s Not A Homophobe

12 Jun

‘Oh fuck! What have I done?!’

Realizing that he had stepped in it something good, Antonio Cassano released a statement tonight claiming he’s not a homophobe.

EXCERPTS FROM FOOTBALL ITALIA
(Full article here)

“I am not homophobic and didn’t want to offend anyone.”

“I am sincerely sorry if my comments sparked controversy and protests among gay rights associations,” 

“Homophobia is not something that is part of my nature. I didn’t want to offend anyone and I absolutely do not want to put anyone’s sexual freedom under duress.

“I only said that it’s a problem that has nothing to do with me and I do not judge the choices of others, which should be respected.”

Um, that’s not what you said the first time, Antonio. Anyhow, the whole reason the question came up was that Alessandro Cecchi Paone who wrote a book on gay sports figures (with a foreword by Prandelli) and said that there are two gay players and one bisexual on the current Italy squad.

Paone said “Once the Euros are over, I invite Cassano to dinner so I can explain to him how wrong he is on this, because I think his ideas are a little confused,” said Cecchi Paone.

“I want to help him understand that he was very rude to his teammates who are forced to hide themselves. By being forced to hide, they cannot play their best football.”

Cecchi Paone then dropped another bombshell on with regards to his statement.

“I had a relationship with one of the players in this team and he told me who the other gay player was, which is why I know there are two,” he told Radio 24.

“Prandelli knows who the homosexuals are. As for when I said there are three metrosexuals, it was a compliment aimed at Sebastian Giovinco, Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate.”

Read the full article at Football Italia.

I know some people are defending him because they feel he was surprised by the question and answered without thinking. But he wasn’t. The first thing he says is that Prandelli told him that they would be asking him the question. So he had a bit of time to think about it and come up with a decent response. They had to know what an uproar such a question would cause and I’m extremely surprised that there wasn’t some media coaching in place before the presser. I’m sure they get plenty of direction before they can address stuff about the match fixing scandal.

The other thing that bugged me in the article linked above is what the translator said: “The man who had to translate the interview for UEFA admitted to Sky Sport Italia it was “the toughest job of my life. I tried to smooth over some of it and use less vulgar terms.”

So apparently he wasn’t mincing his words either. I just can’t feel sorry for him. You said it. Deal with the fallout.

– Lozil

15 Responses to “Antonio Cassano Would Like You To Know He’s Not A Homophobe”

  1. Kristen June 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I think the best judgement of a person is what they say when they have no time to think about the answer. That said I don’t like that Cecchi Paone has come out and said that two of the players are gay and one is bi. Even if you aren’t saying who the players are that isn’t his place to say anything. All it does is cause speculation and obviously if there are players in the squad who are gay/bi, they aren’t coming out with it themselves. Seriously. Is there going to be a single drama-free day of this Euros?

  2. Sveva June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    “I didn’t want to offend anyone”. Seriously? I’ve just watched the press conference and he was very rude, just using that word to refer to gay people is offensive and HE KNOWS. But the worst thing is when he said: ” if I say what I really think there’s going to be a chaos.”, Why, what do you think? To me that’s enough to qualify him as a homophobe and the apologies he was obviously forced to make are useless and as offensive as his previous statements.
    Thank you for talking about that in your awesome blog (I’ve been reading for a while) and sorry for my English…especially now that I’m angry.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Your English is impeccable! His backpedaling on the issue was embarrassing and did absolutely nothing to smooth over the issue, in my opinion.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Don’t be a stranger, jump right on in. 🙂

      • Sveva June 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

        Thank you! Prandelli should really do something, if not sending him back home, at least leave him on the bench, but I don’t think he will do that…too much pressure on the national team and Cassano is considered our great talent. By the way I’ve just read the glossary (I’m an insomniac) and I think we share an insane passion for a certain german-turkish midfielder…

  3. manie June 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Oy vey. I watched the video of it and while I barely understand Italian, this is pretty terrible. Sometimes I wonder how people can go about spewing crud that they don’t even think about. I give his management company 100% on using a useless boilerplate response, though, well done to them.

  4. Rose June 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Giving a crap non-apologies still doesn’t solve your douchebag problem Antonio. That’s definitely one problem that you should concern yourself with. I was reminding myself that he’d had heart surgery not too long ago, but that is buying him very little sympathy from me right now.

    Also who is this Cecchi Paone person, and what the hell does he think he’s doing?! He’s said no names, but WTF?!

    • Kristen June 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Seriously. He is causing so many unneeded controversy by saying he slept with current players. It’s nobodies business but those in the bedroom.

    • Sveva June 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      He’s a journalist and TV host, but above all he’s an attention seeker, it’s not the first time he does something like that. Anyway it seems that Codacons (an italian consumer organization) wants to promote a class action against Cassano.

  5. amouria June 13, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I wonder if someone spoke about others’ religion, class, age, education, background, ethnicity, or whatever category (categories are all socially constructed and politically accentuated -as my teacher used to repeat…hahaha)! Would that steer any controversy? Sometimes I feel that the issue of sexuality is over-emphasised! As one once said: Ask the other question, you may then realise your myopia!

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 13, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Yeah, it would. There’s been plenty of drama around many of those issues this year in football not just homophobia.

  6. amouria June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    One thing I very much like in your blog is that you respond to your readers’comments whatever they are. This is really much appreciated! 🙂

  7. amouria June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    And you do not moderate the responses! it is up to the maturity of the reader to write whats/he wants! Another appreciation. You are such a lovely person 🙂

  8. jellyace June 14, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Coming out is a very personal matter and takes a lot of guts and angst. One should never be forced to come out before he is ready. Shame on the kiss and tell outers!

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