NFL's 49ers Apologize for 'Training' Video

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The San Francisco 49ers issued a public apology this week after an in-house team video brought embarrassment. The film was supposed to promote diversity and eschew sexism, but reportedly featured racial slurs and soft-core porn.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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SIMON: This week the San Francisco 49ers issued a public apology after the San Francisco Chronicle got hold of one of their in-house team videos. The film was supposed to promote diversity and eschew sexism. The newspaper reports the video features racial slurs and soft-core porn. One scene reportedly shows public relations director Kirk Reynolds clad only in a towel being hugged by three topless women while he warns players to be careful about what they say or do in public. Well, that'll make the point. Team owners Denise and John York called the video `offensive and inexcusable.' Mr. Reynolds has resigned, but this week several players defended him, calling the video a clubhouse matter and saying they've never heard Kirk Reynolds utter a serious racial or sexual slur.

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SIMON: Coming up, talking dirty on Broadway. Liev Schrieber stars in "Glengarry Glen Ross."

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