Busted: NBC analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dungy called out for homophobia
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Tony Dungy is a prominent NFL analyst on NBC who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 13-year coaching career that included winning a Super Bowl. And he was a popular player before that.

But as Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com documented in a two-part series this week, “Dungy (is) possibly the most publicly anti-gay person in at least the recent history of the NFL, raising money to fight against same-sex marriage, and since then publicly decrying the homosexuality of gay athletes and partnering with rabidly anti-gay organizations and individuals.”

Zeigler noted that Dungy’s anti-LGBTQ reputation had been well-established before NBC hired him as a primetime analyst. “Through it all, NBC has stood by their man, saying nothing about his anti-LGBT bigotry that he himself has said is rooted in his Christian beliefs. True to form, NBC declined to comment for this story.”

Zeigler’s expose of Dungy was amplified today by John Casey, editor-at-large of the Advocate, in a piece headlined “Tony Dungy and When Someone You Admire Turns Out to Be a Homophobe.”

Casey wrote that the most troubling aspect of Dungy was his friendship with right-wing Christian nationalist Pastor Andrew Wommack, one of the nation’s most vicious anti-LGBTQ haters. He noted that Dungy has even appeared as a speaker at Wommack’s events.

Casey is a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, for which Dungy started his career as a player. But Casey says he’s seen the light.

“I’m dumping Dungy into the dustbin of the NFL's worst-moments history until he apologizes for all the vindictiveness toward me, a devoted Steelers fan, and my community.”

And he added this:

“Dungy will be calling the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars wild-card game on NBC Saturday. As a football fan, I want to watch. But as a gay man, I can’t watch — or listen — if Dungy is broadcasting. I won’t hear the words coming out of his mouth; instead, when he opens his mouth, all I will hear is hate.”