An ad featuring members of the San Francisco 49ers supporting gay rights was pulled this week.
According to the New England Sports Network, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Ahmad Brooks said they didn’t recall making a gay rights “It Gets Better” advertisement.
When the teammates saw the commercial, they told USA Today that they didn’t realize it was to support LGBT youths, and they thought it was just about bullying in general.
Cornerback Chris Culliver also made statements earlier that sparked controversy when he said that he wouldn’t “welcome a gay player into the locker room during Super Bowl week,” according to NESN. He later apologized saying, “That’s not what’s in my heart.”
The team was formerly praised for being the first NFL team to shoot an “It Gets Better” ad, according to the site.
The “It Gets Better” organization has pulled the 49ers’ ad from their website due to the instances.