March 22, 2007, - 9:34 am

Guts: Superbowl Champ Coach Opposes Gay Marriage

I admire Superbowl champion coach Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. A G-d-fearing man with Main Street America values, he downplayed the race issue in this year’s Superbowl and never swayed from his Christian values in his quest to win the Big Game. That’s something I believe helped get him there.
Now, Dungy has done something with a lot more guts. He’s come out in favor of a ban on gay marriage. Dungy knows that this controversial stand will lose him a lot of money.
Gay rights groups will pounce on current and potential sponsors and endorsement deals, and Dungy will ultimately lose significant funds for taking this stand. For that reason, most athletes would run like Roger Bannister away from taking such a strong political stand. And that’s why it’s so gutsy that Dungy too a different path.

Superbowl Champ Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy

Opposes Gay Marriage

The National Football League is running fast and furious away from Dungy and his comments. And I can’t blame them. If I were running a pro sports league, I’d stay far away from politics, especially political issues. Nobody wants a mix of Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Penn in their Sunday afternoon football.
That’s why I have my reservations on Dungy’s pronouncement. I oppose gay marriage. Marriage is between one adult man and one adult woman only. But I wouldn’t like it if Dungy took the opposite stand and came out in favor of gay marriage. And I do believe that athletes and sports figures should stay out of politics, just as I feel showbiz types should and have repeatedly said so.
Still, I give kudos to Dungy for taking a stand that he knows will lose him a lot, but will allow him to publicly stand on principle.
More from USA Today:

Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he knows some people would rather he steered clear of Indiana’s gay marriage debate, but he clearly staked out his position nonetheless.
The Super Bowl-winning coach “embraced” the stance of an Indiana organization supporting an amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriages, and he added Tuesday night at a gathering of the Indiana Family Institute that he’s “on the Lord’s side.”
“We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else,” said Dungy, coach of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. “But we’re trying to promote the family – family values the Lord’s way,” Dungy said. “IFI is saying what the Lord says. You can take that and make your decision on which way you want to be.”
Asked about Dungy’s comments, the NFL provided the following response through spokesman Greg Aiello:
“Coach Dungy is speaking for himself and expressing his views, which he is fully entitled to do. No doubt there are people in our league that have a different view. We respect the right of employees to have and express their views and don’t regulate the political or religious views of team or league employees.”

Contrast the diplomatic way the NFL distanced itself from Dungy with the obnoxious cut-and-run way the League and ESPN treated Rush Limbaugh on a far less controversial issue.

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9 Responses

Dungy is the man. I remember the day I heard he was fired by the owners of my beloved and pathetic Buccaneers. I thought, “There goes this team’s integrity.” I couldn’t be happier about his incredible success in Indy. He really is a stand up guy, a true asset to whoever he’s involved with.

Stealthkix on March 22, 2007 at 10:24 am

He got big balls to not run away or apologize for his stance like others have done. He’ll probably win another Super Bowl this year (Indy finally got a Defense going) and nobody (Pro-Gay groups) will care about his stance anymore nor will the lost endorsements matter.

the_don on March 22, 2007 at 10:39 am

No one should ever be intimidated from speaking their views by the labels thrown by those who support gay activists. Those labels are wildly inaccurate.
Marriage is a state recognized gender based institution that is and has been ALL INCLUSIVE. Both genders are included and required.
Gay couples EXCLUDE one gender from their relationships. All genders are not represented or included.
If a race based institution designed to include all races was suddenly changed to purposely exclude just ONE SINGLE RACE from participation, what would liberals declare? If ALL races were not equally represented, we all know the first word used would be……
By actively excluding a gender from their relationships, gays are exhibiting real, demonstrable discrimination.
Coach Dungy is on the proper side. State recognized institutions should remain all inclusive. Right thinking people should do everything in their power to resist allowing the state to recognize those who advocate EXCLUSION as a new standard.
The declarations of bigotry toward those who oppose gay marriage are nothing but a charade to cover homosexuals’ own discriminatory one sidedness.

Koozebane on March 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

Let’s see if the team owners will stand by him during the impending storm. However, I think he won’t suffer too greatly because he’s black.

Thee_Bruno on March 22, 2007 at 12:22 pm

When you consider all the faggots behind the BIG FIX that got the Dolts into the Super Bowl, you’d think Dungy would be a bit more tolerant…and who cares if a bunch of queers wanna get married???

EminemsRevenge on March 22, 2007 at 12:25 pm

You must be an ass kisser. Some people are into their “Faith”. Some people have no faith. Let him be into his “faith”…its not hurting anybody for him to express his beliefs. The people who call for “tolerance” are the most “intolerant”.

the_don on March 22, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Why does anyone care what a football coach thinks about this?

Dan on March 22, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Exactly, Dan unless someone asked hime opinion but that’s it. He then gave it. He didn’t get on the stump to preach it in San Fran, he was speaking to a group that has conservative values/ The End

warpmine on March 22, 2007 at 9:55 pm

“Exactly, Dan unless someone asked hime opinion but that’s it. He then gave it. He didn’t get on the stump to preach it in San Fran, he was speaking to a group that has conservative values/ The End”
Gotcha. I wasn’t aware of the details of the context in which he said it. The article doesn’t seem to make it very clear, except to say that he attended a gathering and “the banquet.”

Dan on March 23, 2007 at 10:12 pm

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