Saturday, July 22, 2006

Leak's Father: Racial Bias Is Not an Issue

Curtis Leak, the father of Florida quarterback Chris Leak, has clarified comments he made to Mike Freeman of CBS Sportsline that Gator fans did not want his son to break Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel's records because Leak is black. "Some woman did say to me that people around her said something like that. But I've never heard anything like that. And Chris has never told me he's heard anything like that," the elder Leak told the Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun. Leak was quoted earlier by Sportsline's Freeman as saying, "There are fans who don't want Chris to break Danny's records because Chris is black. I can't say it is every Gator fan. It's not. But it's enough. I hear about that from white friends and white fans that support Chris. It's unfortunate it has to be that way, but that's the way it is. There are a lot of white fans who are behind Chris. Those white fans tell me there are other white fans who do not like Chris because he's black. Some of these fans call into the talk shows and post horrible things on the websites. Some of those people are dirt." Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says Leak can silence critics by winning a title.

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