San Francisco 49ers 'It Gets Better' ad pulled after players deny taking part

49ers-it-gets-better-isaac-sopoaga.jpgSan Francisco is one of the centers of LGBT culture in the United States. So when four members of the city's NFL team, the 49ers, made an "It Gets Better" video last summer, it was widely praised.

Defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois and Isaac Sopoaga, safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Ahmad Brooks took part in the video, one in a series aimed at LGBT teens to show them that they are not alone and their lives hold unlimited potential.

Now, though, Sopoaga and Brooks have denied they took part.

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A reporter from USA Today asked the players about the video in the wake of 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver's anti-gay comments earlier in the week (Culliver later apologized).

Brooks tells the paper, "I didn't make any video. This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It's their right. But I didn't make any video."

After being shown the video, Brooks replied, "Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay [rights] video."

Sopoaga also says he didn't remember making the video, and that "now someone is using my name." After seeing the video and hearing its purpose, his only reply is, "Yeah, OK."

It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage tweeted Thursday that he had removed the 49ers video from the project's website. It's the first time a video has been taken down from the site.

It still exists on the team's YouTube page, however. Watch it below:

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