Welcome To My Shit List, Antonio Cassano

12 Jun

Former Real Madrid (now Milan) striker opened his mouth today in a presser and spewed forth homophobic bullshit.

Excerpt from Football Italia
(Full article here)

“Are there any gay players? Cesare Prandelli told me you’d ask that question,” said the Milan striker.

“It’s their problem. If they are gay (though he used a far more offensive Italian term, ndr), then that’s their problem.

“If I say what I really think, then there’s going to be chaos. Are there any gays in the locker room? I hope not. In any case, it’s their problem and nothing to do with me.”

This isn’t the first time there has been controversy around the issue of homosexuality in sport, as Italy Coach Prandelli wrote a foreword to a book on the subject urging openness and inclusion.

However, forward Antonio Di Natale said it would be a mistake for gay players to come out of the closet, while President of the Players’ AssociationDamiano Tommasi suggested they stay hidden at least until the end of their playing careers.

Seriously, dude. You “hope” there’s no gay players? What, pray tell, do you think is going to change if there is? Will they magically be unable to kick the ball or defend the goal? I mean, what the fuck? That’s ALL you need to worry about, buddy. I’m sure everyone in the locker room has seen your peen ad nauseum if they’ve been on the squad long enough so that can’t be it either. And if they’re gay, it’s their “problem?” It’s not a problem, it’s their life. The only one who seems to have a problem is you. Grow the fuck up. If a person is good enough to make the national team, they deserve to be there. Judge them on their skills, not who they love.

This is especially distressful when there were already concerns for gay fans going to the Euros but to have someone representing his nation speak out in such a manner casually is disturbing and irresponsible,  to say the least. Keep your prejudices off the pitch, fucker (or better yet, educate yourself). I want to see great matches with the best players.  I don’t give a shit about their sexual orientation and neither should you.

One of my favorite campaigns is the You Can Play Project. Their message is simple: “If you can play, you can play.” That’s how it should be.

I am so damn angry right now.

– Lozil

17 Responses to “Welcome To My Shit List, Antonio Cassano”

  1. suzanne June 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Amen!!! I pretty much dispise him right now. We are in the 21st century, are we not?! ERRRRRRR

  2. maisoun June 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    “If I say what I really think, then there’s going to be chaos.”

    As if what he’s saying is acceptable & right, what a dick.

  3. Kait June 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m 100% sure he doesn’t think before he speaks. I read the article this morning and I was so disappointed in his comments. Seriously? Who cares if your teammates are gay Cassano. They are still your teammates. They are still your friends. I can’t believe he’d say that, to the press, during a major tournament. Or at all for that matter. It’s so sad to see such bigotry in top level players. Way to be a role model.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      Well, any gay teammates he may have now know exactly where they stand with him. Cold comfort, but I guess it’s good to know who will not have your back. He’s a douche.

  4. antonio cassano June 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Sheeesh The guy is a homophobic its not like he killed a family member of yours LOL

    • maisoun June 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      There are certain things we do not tolerate on this blog and homophobia from ANYONE is one of them, even players aren’t excused from disgusting behavior. Our reaction to words like Cassano’s will always be the same, we’ll always have the same stance. Deal with it.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      You don’t know shit about my family or me. Trust me, if you did, you would never have said that. Homophobia is a very serious issue to me. It’s something I talk about on here quite a bit but I’m guessing you’re not a regular reader. The assertion that he’s ‘just’ homophobic doesn’t work for me. Sorry. If you don’t like what I write here on our blog, feel free not to read it. But I’m never going to apologize or back down when it comes to calling out homophobes.

  5. Anna June 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    absolutely appauling from cassano.

    “If a person is good enough to make the national team, they deserve to be there. Judge them on their skills, not who they love.”
    ^ couldn’t have put it any better

  6. Thatsmartblondegirl June 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    What an asshole! It really ticks me off that people are so closed minded. “If you can play, you can play.” Is so true. Urg. Now I’m angry.

  7. manie June 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I agree. I think he was not serious when he said this/was always a liability even when he was at Madrid but that is never an excuse to use foul language.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Oh, I think he was serious. This is his opinion. He probably doesn’t think before he speaks, but at least we know how he feels about the situation.

  8. drea June 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Why can’t they all be more like Adil Rami? His reaction to the rumors that he was gay because he did a photoshoot for a gay men’s magazine:

    “There always are rumors. In the football world in particular. Let it go! People can say what they want, I don’t care… God made it so everyone can like what he wants…. There’s no use in being homophobic. Players, me included, often say insults that can offend this community. We should be more careful about the power of such words.”

  9. KatiePar June 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m absolutely on your side with this issue. I hope there will be consequences from his environment for his stupid and ignorant remarks. I really liked how the actor Johnny Galecki from the “Big Bang Theory” once said about gay rumours: “I’ve never really addressed those rumors because I always figured, why defend yourself against something that’s not offensive?”. 🙂

  10. April June 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Wow… this is entirely disappointing. I can’t understand that point of view of his, AT ALL. Like you said- what changes? Nothing. Nothing changes if your teammate is gay and you aren’t. It would be the same as it had been for however long he’d been in the NT before that.

    It makes me sad to think that in a sport where he has to get manhandled by defenders and constantly hang around men in various states of undress and compromising positions, that he would have such a thick view.

  11. Bombay Talkies (@BombayTalkies) June 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I was just telling some friends that we need more Manuel Neuers in this game and fewer Cassanos.


    Neuer also told a reporter that there would never be trouble with any gay player on one of his teams being harassed by teammates because “they’d have to speak to me first.”

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Mario Gomez has spoken up against homophobia too. Would that more people would have the decency of Mario, Manuel, Adil, Prandelli (and I love the quote from Johnny Galecki).

    • Rose June 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Just when I thought Neuer couldn’t be even more perfect. I’m gonna go have some Nutella now in his honor (as if I needed as reason 😉

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