Soccer player gets called anti-gay slur by rivals during match. His team respond by crushing them 5-0

An out gay soccer play was brought to tears by a homophobic slur during a match – his teammates responded in the best way. 


Couper Gunn – defender and team captain on the Colby-Sawyer College men’s soccer team, the Chargers – was competing in a match against Rivier University Raiders on September 22 when a player from the opposing team tried to belittle him with a homophobic slur. 


Gunn, who was wearing a rainbow-coloured armband for the game, recalled in a Tiktok video how a player from the opposing team yelled: “Get that f*ggot armband off of you”, in an attempt to embarrass and demean him. 


“It happened just before half time, so needless to say at half-time I was pretty upset. It was 0-0 at the time”, Gunn recalls. 


“We [he and his teammates] talked about what happened at half-time and I was visibly upset”, he continued. 


“My teammates and I couldn’t have responded in a better way. We went on to beat them 5-0”


“I felt incredibly supported by my coach and my teammates and I wanted to share that with you guys because I don’t think there are enough stories in sports about things like this.”


Speaking to Outsports after the match, he said: “When my teammates came in, immediately to start the second half, they brought the energy and made it easier for me to get my head back into the game”.

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“I was upset I’d been called that, but I was more upset because I was thinking about all the queer kids who that kid comes into contact with every day. He perpetuates that, even if he didn’t mean it, using the F word. And I was just so sad that someone like that exists, who would use that language. I was present with how unsafe and how unwelcome that made me feel for a few minutes.”


The Tiktok video (below) is captioned “Love always wins” <3

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