Justin Durant would eat Chick-fil-A even if the company supported slavery

On Wednesday, Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant, who originally had no idea what all the hullabaloo was about, came out in defense of Chick-fil-A on Twitter of the yummy deliciousness that apparently are its chicken sandwiches — I would not know, I have never had one — and after he was informed, stood by the chicken he so loves.

It evidently means little to Durant what the franchise CEO’s political beliefs happen to be, so long as he can eat the restaurant chain’s tasty chicken. But then he might have taken it a bit too far:

Hoo boy. Forget might have. That’s a pretty clear example of taking it too far. While it is readily evident that Durant was joking, that, my friends, is nevertheless a Bad Idea Tweet, especially in a society hellbent on political correctness.

On Friday morning, Durant re-emerged on Twitter and realized what he might have just got himself in to:

While that may be true, I’m pretty sure this will not go away quietly. Enjoy the ensuing firestorm likely to ignite following Durant’s original proclamation.

[H/T No Guts, No Glory]

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  1. Sportmentary

    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t what you call a POS like this. So he would pay for food from a place that wanted to oppress him. If that were the case and that slavery objective were met, he wouldn’t have the luxury at eating at a fast food restaurant.

    • Keith

      August 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      The FREEDOM of speach is the freedom to say what ever you want!! NOT to say whatever you want so long as you dont offend anyone…

      and it’s a fast food chain you go there for food not to be lectured on political views….

      The owner can say whatever he wants I go there for a spicy chicken sandwhich meal nothing more, nothing less…

  2. Paul

    August 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    @sportmentary, enslaving someone and thinking that someone is not entitled to be married are not the same thing.

    Justin Durant responded under the impression that he would be free in this hypothetical scenario where slavery existed, so it has no effect on him.

    Regardless, this whole thing is stupid. If you want to eat Chick-fil-A eat Chick-fil-A, if you want to sit and bitch do that too.


    August 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

    AHAHAHA. Good on JD. Seriously for s second, I’m a Jew. What if he had a restaurant that served Jews, served kosher even, hired Jews but personally said some anti-Semitic comments and gave money to anti-Semitic organizations. *looks left* *looks right* yeah I would still go there.

    People need to calm down. This is an overreach by the Gay community and a serious overreach by the city officials trying to violate Chik-Fil-A’s first amendment rights.

    • JHinGA

      August 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Exactly. The gay community is free to live their lives, but that isn’t enough. They have to call out anyone who isn’t in lockstep, a racist, homophobe,etc.

      News flash, gay community- you are 1% of this country. Enjoy your freedoms and rights . . . . . . and shut up!

      • gary johnson

        August 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        Wow! Jews and African Americans only make up a small percentage of the population, should they just just shut up too? And FYI, the LGBT popluation is more like 10%, you have to count the closeted gays too, and there are many….I know, I was married to a woman for 25 years and came out late in life, and believe me, I have plenty of company! I am also a lawyer, and you have one of the most ignorant understandings of the equal protection clause of the U.S. constitution I think I have seen lately (the”I am better than you so take what rights I allow you to have you small insignficatnt gay person”). You are certainly in lock step with the fundamentalist right, who, by the way, are really only 12% of the population.

        • dom golio

          August 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          gary the lawyer. why always the small insignficant, i would not call barney frank that. maybe a jerk but not small and insignficant. one percent, ten percent , or twelve percent who cares. live and let live, you guys crack me up. life is too short for this bs.

        • MrStiles

          August 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          Gary the problem is that LGBT populations dont want equal rights, they want priviliged status. You think gays have it so bad here, that everyone is homophobic, you cant get married outside of Cali and NE…so what? Go to Saudi and blow ur bf and see what happens! You are protected yet it isnt enough…you want everyone to say aww aint they cute? Lets throw them a party! Just stfu and live ur life…..just hope Preperation H CEO doesnt come out against gay marriage. No sure you could boycott them

  4. Chris Columbus

    August 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I think or believe, it is merely just an opinion, & slavery is about the worst ways to point, (*&^#)-stuff out. I am [my mother had two American Indian Grandmothers (that were from Florida & Alabama, within the last 50 & 100 years, between the two, from my mothers, mothers background), she is a descendent of (My mom has over 250 years of family history in the State of Florida as well, & also has family history to Birmingham Alabama). my Pop’s (who also has a family history to Birmingham Alabama is from California) Grandmother was full blooded ‘Cherokee, from a tribe I have no idea about, from Oklahoma] a quarter Native American, & would be like me bringing in the trail of tears into make a point about something.
    Still it is more between him & other African descendant people here, I think more so, then it is my business what he said; for I would have to answer mostly to my Native American community, & explain for my own actions, myself, if I made a statement, or comment, like that about it pertaining to Native American atrocity, & humiliations, the White man (European descendents) put people through back then. Besides they are being way more reasonable to slaves these days, they are paid! So that was the way it used to be, we seem to be going back on times like that in oppressive ways, & means to oppress. It is that just literally, we have a human instinct to get into trouble, & make bad choices sometimes, but we are in a time, where we can either heal completely, or keep opening up old-pasts wounds.
    But I just eat there yesterday. I believe it is in the hands of a State, but should not be forced, including Chick-fil-A’s franchise, should be kept out, again, just over a free personal opinion, ‘That company, has every right to have! & so does this knucklehead, for whatever opinion he has, fortunately for us all. But if there is any consequence for “Pissing off the Pope”, & angering the Man upstairs, I don’t need or want it to be me, thank you… it’s just my belief, I am entitled to have like everyone else is, by God!
    I am from Oregon were I know people that did, it is just kind of awkward, but I didn’t condone them, that isn’t mine to judge either, I really am with them on this though & my religion suggests it is un-Godly & not to participate in it, with those that do. So it is not really political at all, it is a religious view/perspective, & like even Catholics, is in big trouble (as far as our religions go), people have absolutely no problem with interfering, & or coming between persons religious beliefs anymore these days, & needs to back way the Heck off! It is a religion belief, not political, at all.

  5. Bill

    August 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Nothing wrong with what Durant said. Not hing wrong with what CFA owner said. The only “slavery” that is going on in this world today is “PC” slavery. You go back to when all this political correctness started and you will see the real slavery. If people are so “WEAK” in this world that they can’t handle words that are offensive, man I don’t want any part of that. Victory comes from overcoming obstacles in life and being offended by words it the biggest weakness of them all! If someone calls you a name and you just walk away from them….then it is you who has won that victory. If you are so full of PRIDE that you can’t walk away from something like that, but you have to respond back with another offensive comment…or worse yet….violence….then you have not only lost the battle….you are the really enslaved person. You are really in bondage and don’t even know it. I have seen this my whole life and have seen society going down ever since. PRIDE goeth before the FALL….though this was written thousands of years ago….it still happens today.

  6. Ingwe

    August 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Do you people even know how to use Twitter? That is a retweet of something SOMEONE ELSE tweeted AT him. He didn’t compose the slavery message, he just reposted it on his own Twitter account so his followers could see what someone else tweeted TO him. This is what’s wrong with the world today everybody is so willing to jump to conclusions based on mis-information.

  7. cleancarpet

    August 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Whether you like this man or not, doesn’t matter..
    He is entitled to his opinion good or bad, like it or not. He may not agree with your opinion but you are entitled to your’s too.
    I think he made the reference to show how stupid it is to think we all think and feel the same, and just because you feel strongly about something doesn’t mean he has to too. Of course this my opinion and everyone has theirs.

  8. R.bush

    August 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Don’t see roosters kissing or hens,but they both have peckers.Must be a fowl thing.

  9. Victor

    August 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I do not understand how people makes a big things from a simple coment………..Afro-Americans complein about slavery……….how long ago this happen 300 years but they forget or may be they do not know that Columbus arrived at the American continent in 1492 and thanks to him few milliond of American Born Indiand were exterminated.and in all countryes the real americans are still been abuse after 518 years..all they land was stolen…..even Cris Rock mention have You seen any Indians at a Thanks Giving Parede………

    • Mikey

      August 5, 2012 at 1:34 am

      im tired of morons saying blacks complain about slavery!!!! that is you own conscience. we got over it loooooooooooooong ago


  10. UncleBill2

    August 5, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Why all the surprise about the comment regarding slavery? Players are bought and sold, traded, told what to do, when to show up, given clothes, told where to be, and how to act. Their value is based on performance (the work they are able to do).

    He responded as most privileged wealthy people believe and practice. “As long as I can have what I want, when I want it, why should I care about anyone else?”

    He was honest about how he feels. At least he had the guts to be honest whether or not you agree with him.

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