The New York Giants released a video today for the You Can Play Project, becoming the first NFL team to support the group's effort to end homophobia in sports. The players in the video are cornerback Prince Amakumara, kicker Josh Brown, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, wide receiver Victor Cruz, offensive lineman Weston Richburg and running back Shane Vereen.
The words "gay," "LGBT" or "homophobia" are not spoken, so people unaware of what YCP stands for might not know what video is talking about. Still, it's great that the Giants have stepped up and let's hope more NFL teams follow suit.
Here is the announcement by You Can Play:
With an assist from Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, the New York Giants have voiced their support for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) athletes, coaches and fans through the team’s support of the You Can Play Project. The Giants debuted the team’s You Can Play video Oct. 25, prior to taking on the Dallas Cowboys.
Carson, who spent his entire career with the Giants, is joined in the You Can Play video by cornerback Prince Amakumara, kicker Josh Brown, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, wide receiver Victor Cruz, offensive lineman Weston Richburg and running back Shane Vereen. The video showcases Carson and the current giants speaking about opportunity for all athletes to be "judged only by their talent, character and work ethic."
"You Can Play is proud to receive the Giants’ tremendous show of support," said Wade Davis, You Can Play’s executive director and a former NFL player. "The entire Giants organization has committed to inclusion for all, including LGBT athletes and fans. The vocal support of alumni like Harry Carson, the Giants’ front office staff, and current players sends a giant message to all sports fans, especially young fans, everywhere. We are thrilled that the Giants are leading the charge in the NFL for LGBT inclusion."
In addition to the video, You Can Play announced that the Giants will host a special You Can Play tailgate and game day event on Dec. when the Carolina Panthers visit New York. You Can Play has presented several times to Giants players, coaches and management on LGBT inclusion and creating a safe and inclusive locker room environment. The Giants Foundation also has provided a grant to support You Can Play’s work in fighting homophobia."