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Packers Hall of Famer Makes Homophobic Comment on Social Media

In the wake of a column written by Mike Freeman of CBS Sports on Monday that an NFL player is considering making his gay sexual orientation public in the next few months, former Packers offensive lineman Greg Koch showed on Tuesday that homophobia in the sphere of the NFL is still alive and well.

Koch played for the Packers from 1977 to 1985 and is a member of the organization's Hall of Fame. He's currently a sports talk radio host for 790 AM in Houston, Texas.

In what was perhaps an attempt to continue the dialogue from sports talk radio to social media, Koch took to Twitter and made a homophobic comment on Tuesday.

The easy excuse, of course, is to say that the comment was a joke, except few will probably find Koch's statement humorous.

Koch's comments are one of several to make its way into the world of football recently.

During the NFL Combine, a handful of NFL prospects were said to have been asked "Do you like girls?" or some variation of the question to which the NFL investigated the matter.

Before that, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver gained notoriety days before the Super Bowl for saying he wouldn't accept a gay teammate during a radio interview.

Several NFL players have also taken a public stance against homophobia, including  Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and former Packers and current Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree.

UPDATE: Tuesday evening, Koch apologized for his comment...

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Lars's picture

Yea, that was a pretty ignorant statement by Koch. Not as bad as some, but whatever. MLB and the NBA are no better. The NHL is, by far, the most progressive major sports league on LGBT civil rights (outside of soccer?) in North America. Canadian roots make a difference.

Denver's picture

Agree, but how did he ever get in the PHOF anyway?

Lars's picture

Bribed the deciders with...um, I better not go there.

Jake's picture

Have you ever taken a look at some of the players in the Packers Hall of Fame?

Steve's picture

I actually think it was kind of funny. Since when are we so sensitive. Lighten up.

frank's picture

I agree with you Steve. People are too uptight, and the pro-gay push from the media has been so effective in manipulating, brainwashing America into thinking the abnormal is normal.

Evan's picture

Ha! Here we go...

Point Packer's picture

(Biting cheek)

Point Packer's picture

"...and the pro-gay push from the media...". Good God, I'm happy I waste my time on a GB Packer blog and avoid political banter on-line.

But what the hell. I will applaud whoever the first active NFL player to come out as being gay. In fact, I wil admire his bravery. Whoever it is, will be ridiculed. Will likely face violent threats and potentially professional ramifications. But at the end of the day, he is doing a service for many homosexual folks in professional sport and beyond. Good for him. He is a hero.

Chad Toporski's picture

Nicely said, Point Packer.

mark's picture

Some comments don't deserve a reply.

bleedsgreen's picture

Wait, let me get this straight (er, pardon the pun), the gays (and pro-gays) are both simulataneously not good enough at fighting (hence the topic of the joke) and have too much of a propensity for fighting (hence the complaint for them to lighten up already).

It ain't a matter of being too heavy, it's a matter of being too stupid. "the gays" = weak and not into contact is just really, really stupid, inaccurate, and indicative of a sensibility that is like 40 years past its sell by date.

Lemme tell you, nobody, but nobody, likes pounding another man like a gay.

Stroh's picture

Much to do about nothing. Bfd.

murphy's picture

Agreed. Must be a slow news day.

Lynn Dickey 12's picture

Same guy that said Cutler's "tampon fell out" when he left the NFCC three years ago with an injury. Not a big thinker, he.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

That actually happened though... If you play it back, you can totes see it.

mudduckcheesehead's picture

You suck, Koch.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Not bad.

MarkinMadison's picture

A conservative US Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act before a gay NFL player ever... oh wait, never mind, that will probably happen within the next two months.

Dick Chwalek's picture

Thinking about it, I would say that Harris' choice to stay in the closet while he was playing was a good one. I personally don't care about his sexual orientation simply because I don't think it is a factor where his performance on the field was concerned. Unfortunately, a lot of other people do, and although I may be jumping to conclusions, I believe there might be a higher percentage of those kinds of folks among NFL fans. It's just that football has always been thought of as a "macho" and "manly" thing that it seems like there would be less tolerance among that group. Sure, maybe I'm wrong. In case you are wondering, I'm not gay but I've had friends who were and I have no doubt that being gay is just something that "happens," like being born with blond hair. It's really unlikely people choose that because I've seen friends who were miserable because of it and wished they were not burdened with something they did not choose. Sent from my iPhone and sponsored by <a href="http://bit.ly/YZJaNU" rel="nofollow">Free NFL Jersey</a>. - Dick Chwalek

DrewTheDraftGuru's picture

What do we care what a retired player thinks of gay people playing in the NFL? When change comes, it usually comes from the younger generation and not the older generation, therefore, it makes more sense to look at the college players coming into the NFL and what they think of gay people playing than it does to look at players who already retired.

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