Calvin Johnson Doesn’t Want You to Have Sex Before Marriage

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See that weird, poorly-Photoshopped movie poster over on the right? That’s the poster for Real Love, an upcoming independent film that’s being financed in part by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

In an article in The New Republic, writer Lydia Depillis describes the film as “a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to stay true to her virginity and her religion.”

In other words, it basically a pro-abstinence propaganda film — an after-school special for the Netflix era, if you will. Yup, the best receiver in all of football doesn’t think teenagers should be having sex before they get married, and he wants to spend some of his millions (many, many millions) to get that message out there.

Now, that’s not necessarily a radical idea. Heck, NFL rosters are among the most religious collections of Americans, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks teens should be having more sex than they currently are. This is a far cry from arguing gays shouldn’t be allowed to get married, as well as many of the other dumb things NFL players have said in recent years.

It does raise an interesting question, though: does Calvin Johnson practice what he preaches? To put it more bluntly: is he still a virgin?

Johnson is 27 years old and not married. As a major college star and now a multimillionaire pro, it’s impossible to believe he hasn’t had the chance to sleep with at least a few women.

Of course, one might point out that the sex lives of NFL players are none of our business (and one would be right, generally). But when a player starts spending his money to make the sex lives of others his own business, as Johnson has with this film, that kind of goes out the window.

So … how long until the Tim Tebow to the Lions rumors start?

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2 Responses to Calvin Johnson Doesn’t Want You to Have Sex Before Marriage

  1. Interesting says:

    Hmmmm. It really would be hard to believe that someone as good looking as Calvin Johnson is a virgin and someone who at least SEEMS like an all around good guy. Listen, he could invest his money into worse things. And there definitely isn’t anything wrong with the message. It is a message preached by parents everyday. I like it! I would watch it. They should show it in Middle and High Schools actually. Oh, and by the way neither gay people (there is no such thing as “gay marriage”) or what is actually just two people of the same sex getting married should be allowed to get married. That is not a dumb thing to say at all. Therapy is actually what they really need get (born that way my …….) Just saying. .

  2. James Sheldon
    James Sheldon says:

    Maybe Megatron invested in the film hoping that a few people avoiding mistakes he made…? That he wishes he were still a virgin? If he isn’t?

    But what I really want to know: how do you score a pitch meeting with these NFL guys willing to invest in movies?