- Aug 10, 2004
After being in the Navy during the Tailhook "years", this stuff seems like stupid people acting stupid. (read compound interest)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media features off-color humor -- including racial jokes and nudity -- and has outraged team ownership and the city's mayor.
The 15-minute film shows team public relations director Kirk Reynolds sitting in San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, impersonating the mayor there and in other city scenes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
The video, sent anonymously to the paper, also featured racial jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless women
In a statement Wednesday, the Yorks called it offensive, inexcusable and ``absolutely contradictory to the ideals and values of the San Francisco 49ers.''
``Ostensibly, the video was created to raise player awareness about how to deal with the media and to demonstrate by example how poor conduct can unintentionally make news,'' the statement said. ``Unfortunately, this video is an example in itself.''
Reynolds opens the film sitting behind the mayor's desk, then goes to Chinatown, where a 49ers trainer uses racial slurs about the Chinese community. The next scene, in a strip club, shows a topless, lesbian wedding officiated by Reynolds, again impersonating the mayor.