Re "49ers' defender not a fan of gays" (Sports, Jan. 31): It is fairly common for professional athletes to make ignorant or insensitive comments. But I think we have to cut them some slack. After all, they are not involved in the most intellectual of pursuits.
Most current professional sports contracts require a minimum number of personal appearances by the athlete at charitable events to promote the franchise. To prevent their comments from influencing their impressionable fans, why not just have it written into their contracts that any racist, sexist or homophobic recorded comments they make may cause the agreement to become null and void?
-- Don Knutson, Sacramento