Cleveland Browns Linebacker Scott Fujita sets Example for Pro Athletes

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On Sunday, The New York Times published a letter/article by NFL Linebacker Scott Fujita on the topic of gay marriage, specifically California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

Normally when athletes speak out on social issues, the end result is not good. In fact, when I hear that an athlete has voiced his or her opinion on a social or political matter, I cringe and hope they didn’t stick their foot too far into their mouth, shedding a negative light on their sport and its respective fans.

In this regard, Fujita’s article was different. Aside from the fact that I am biased and happen to agree with every word he wrote, his was a well thought out piece full of facts and personal testimony that let the audience know that this wasn’t some jock spouting off nonsense at the mouth.

Scott Fujita came across as a guy who genuinely cares about the issue and how it impacts our nation going forward — specifically the impact it will have on our children and how they view our nation’s history.

Like Fujita, I feel that the whole gay marriage issue is something we will one day look back on and wonder why we spent as much time debating as we did. Our children and grandchildren will wonder where the hell our common sense was when it came to such an obviously harmless act and show of love and why the time wasn’t spent instead on addressing the correctable issues of the world that actually hurt our fellow man.

The world can’t have enough Scott Fujitas, and it is my hope that other athletes see and dwell on not only what he said but how he said it. He made an educated point without ever once looking like he wanted to pick a fight with anyone.

A college professor of mine once told me that the pen is the most powerful weapon available to every person on the planet and yet, so few choose to use it properly. Nowadays, that pen is the keyboard, and Scott Fujita chose to use his weapon in a positive way to help his fellow man without making himself the focus of the conversation.

That alone is a refreshing alternative to the norm that has become the culture of “me”, where millions of people worldwide — both famous and not — use their keyboards for self promotion and little else.

Let’s hope Fujita’s efforts start a new trend — one where celebrities and athletes use their platforms of fame to address the masses with the honest intent of making the world a better place without doing so in a political or self-promoting manner.

BY J.P. SCOTT ON MARCH 25, 2013

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5 thoughts on “Cleveland Browns Linebacker Scott Fujita sets Example for Pro Athletes

  1. tlorenzo
    March 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    It’s great to see all these non-Christians say nothing…………..

  2. March 26, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Shouldn’t he pay more attention to football and less to social issues? Why is he so worried about Gay Marriage? How do you think GOD looks at this? He is the only one who should judge the situation of GAY marriage. Not Scott Fujita

    1. March 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

      In response to Cleveland Sports 360, your first two questions are answered in his letter with the exception of the GOD and judging issue. You should read it before commenting on a headline.
      Fujita is not judging, he is talking about accepting and tolerating. As you stated, only GOD will judge, so your only two choices on Earth are to accept or tolerate. Both of those involve passing the bill to allow same sex marriage in what we all tout as the nation with the most freedom.

      1. Richard A. Lane
        March 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

        People better wake up its not that hard to just look around GOD is judging take a look around its everyehere he is way fed up

    2. Stop talking
      March 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

      You need to learn that your “God” does not belong in these sorts of issues. Unlike “God,” the existence of Scott Fujita is not only likely, but can be proven. He has a voice in these matters because he is a public figure, and furthermore the views of football players are very relevant to the issue, given the notion that there are many who would not accept a gay teammate. Fujita and others expressing his support are a great thing; they are trying to move to a new social era where even the rough, tough football people are accepting of their fellow man.

      Anyway, we don’t make laws based on religion in this country, because not everyone believes in the invisible man you refer to. Even if they all did, why would you go by the Old Testament, which is an ancient book that also tells you to stone women who are not virgins when they are married and tells you to be willing to kill your child for your so-called “God” as a basis for law? Perhaps I can see where you’re coming from saying Fujita should not be the key voice on the issue, to which I reiterate, by the way, that you are incredibly wrong for thinking that, but please stop with the “God” nonsense. It’s people like you who try to drag society behind when we’re trying to move forward.

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