Alex Blaze

Tony Dungy gets humanitarian award named after him

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 15, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: indiana, indiana family institute, Indianapolis Colts, tony dungy

I don't think a large organization name an award after anyone tony_dungy_award_cropped.jpgelse who went around campaigning for discrimination and fund-raising for organizations that work to malign classes of human beings, but we just aren't quite there yet with the gays. Also, and I know that no one's going to stop this any time soon because it's a great way to get donors, it's tacky to name an award or a building or a position after someone who's still alive.

This week former University of Minnesota quarterback [and Indianapolis Colts coach] Tony Dungy became one of only four men in the history of Big Ten football to have a postgraduate award named after him. And it isn't just another award. It's the conference's humanitarian award. That's right: In the 114-year history of the conference, of the thousands of men to play football at the member schools, the Big Ten felt the need to name their humanitarian award after a man who has actively fought against the equal rights of gay Americans.

Or as Dungy put it himself:

I'm on the Lord's side, and I appreciate IFI for the stance their taking, and I embrace that stance, and that's important.

The Indiana Family Institute doesn't just oppose same-sex marriage, which would be bad enough that they actual devote time and money to heterosexualizing the institution, but they also promote ex-gay therapy and work with SPLC-listed hate group the Family Research Council. And Dungy didn't just praise them, he helped them fund-raise off both his celebrity and his Colts memorabilia.

As far as I know Tony Dungy has never expressed any regrets about working with the Indiana Family Institute. While I'm sure he's done some sort of humanitarian work that's praise-worthy, to have the humanitarian award named after him he should have a better record.

That and he should be dead. Sorry, there's just too much ego involved in naming these things after living people.


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While I can admire his humanitarian work, his overt actions taken to disenfranchise a minority makes a mockery of any "humanitarian" award offered in his name.

His tangential association with a listed hate group does not make this any better.

It would be akin to a "George Wallace Humanitarian Award"

You've got to be kidding me.

Paging Don Sherfick. Mr. Sherfick, please pick up a blue and white courtesy phone.