BOISE, Idaho (July 25) -The Boise State running back who scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl, then proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on national television, says he has hired security for their wedding because of racial threats.
Ian Johnson, who is black, and Chrissy Popadics, who is white, are due to be married Saturday in Boise.
Since his Jan. 1 proposal, Johnson said, he has received phone calls, letters and some personal threats from people who object to their marriage plans.
"You take it for what it is - the less educated, the less willing to change," Johnson, 21, of San Dimas, Calif., told the Idaho Statesman for its Tuesday editions. "But we're not acting like we're naive to all the stuff that's going on. We know what's been said. We're going to make sure we're safe at all times. It's an amazing day for us, and we'd hate to have it ruined by someone."
If you missed this story in January, the underdog Boise State Broncos (who play their games on blue Astroturf) defeated one of the juggernauts of the college football world, the Oklahoma State Sooners, with a crazy trick play. The player who scored on that trick play, Ian Johnson, proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend immediately after the play. Some dingus interviewer sort of ruined the whole moment, but it was lovely. Now some other dinguses are trying to ruin his wedding. Sure, it’s a little bit of a cliché that a football hero marries the cheerleader, but if you can see past that, this thing’s a real winner. Unfortunately, some numbnuts (numbnutses) think it’s fun to object to the wedding on racial grounds. Honestly, shouldn’t we be past this? We wonder if they’re bitter Sooner fans or if they're just your garden variety jerks. Do yourself a favor and check out the video. Good times.