West Hollywood's favorite horsey face new darling just might not be so gay-friendly. Despite pictures floating around the internet of Brady Quinn getting chummy with friends and dressing like the Village People, the Cleveland Browns overrated backup quarterback is being accused of yelling "faggot," among other things, at gay passersby with a group of his Neanderthal friends at a Mexican restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. A gay patron, Seth Harris, made a 9-1-1 call to Columbus police at 2:35 a.m. on New Year's Day.
On the 9-1-1 call, Harris said that "Brady Quinn from the Browns" was "trying to cause a fight." Harris told the operator, "I just walked outside and he exchanged many profanities with me and called me a faggot, of course."
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Reached Monday by The Plain Dealer, Harris confirmed that Quinn was the person who used the slur.
"I knew who it was," he said. "It wasn't just directed at me, there were other people around, too."
He said Quinn was with a "big group" of friends numbering perhaps 10, and that the quarterback "wasn't as involved as" others were in stirring up trouble. "He was standing back and letting his friends do most of it," Harris said.
-Cyd Zeigler jr.
Update: More details here: "The Mexican restaurant is next door to the Union Cafe Bar + Food, one of Columbus' most popular gay bars in the gay-friendly Short North neighborhood." Was Quinn celebrating his selection as MVP of my NFL All-Hot team? Ironic. --Jim Buzinski
Update 2: Quinn, in a statement hours after the story first broke, denied any involvement. From AP:
In a statement released Wednesday through the Browns, Quinn said he had dinner on New Year's Eve with his girlfriend and other couples but that nothing else happened.
"At no time that night was I involved in a verbal or physical altercation, nor did I have any interaction with the police," Quinn said in the statement. "I want to be clear that I did not engage in any of the alleged conduct, nor did I make inappropriate comments to anyone.
"Any allegations to the contrary are either untrue or the result of misidentification."
However, Columbus police said when they arrived Quinn was arguing with 32-year-old Jason Thompson.
Quinn's friends encouraged him to step back from the situation and he did, police spokeswoman Amanda Ford said.
She added that police did not hear any comments made at the scene and couldn't confirm Harris' statements on the 911 call.
"We don't know what that argument was about," Ford said.
After Quinn backed off, Thompson turned his aggression on officers and he was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct, Ford said.