Posted January 30, 2013

Chris Culliver: Gay players ‘gotta get outta here’

San Francisco 49ers
Chris Culliver's comments come at a time when other NFL players like Brendon Ayanbadejo are speaking out about gay rights. (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

Chris Culliver’s comments come at a time when other NFL players like Brendon Ayanbadejo are speaking out about gay rights. (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

Super Bowl Media Day tends to be a bit of a light-hearted, sometimes ridiculous affair. Unfortunately, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver took things in the complete opposite direction Tuesday, during an interview with radio host Artie Lange.

Lange asked Culliver if he has ever been approached by “gay guys” or if any members of the 49ers were homosexual.

Culliver’s response: “I don’t do the gay guys man, I don’t do that. Nah, we ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah, can’t be in the locker room.”

Lange followed up that answer up by asking, “So, they’d have to keep it a secret?”

“Yeah,” Culliver said. “Come out 10 years later after that.”

You can find the audio of the Lange-Culliver exchange at the bottom of this post, via Yahoo! Sports, but suffice it to say that Culliver’s comments could land him in some hot water — at least with the general public, if not the league. It should be noted that San Francisco, where Culliver plays, has the highest percentage of gay people among its populace, at 15.4 percent.

Before the start of the 2012 season, the 49ers joined the anti-bullying campaign “It Gets Better.” Donte Whitner, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois and Ahmad Brooks appeared in a video for that campaign.

“The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join ItGetsBetter.org, to let all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) teens know that it gets better,” Whitner said during the video, which you can view here. “On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise it gets better.”

The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday condemning Culliver’s comments:

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

Culliver later sent out a statement of his own, apologizing for his original comments:

“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”

29 comments
Mark V.1
Mark V.1

"Lange asked Culliver if he has ever been approached by “gay guys” or if any members of the 49ers were homosexual."

 

Dumbest question ever.

MikeFisher
MikeFisher

If he feels that way, so be it.  There is no place for it in the locker room in any sport, unless all the people on the team are gay and they are the same gender.  If a woman isn't allowed in the locker room of the 49ers while they are dressing, a gay man shouldn't be allowed either.

BillyBobBob
BillyBobBob

His disdain for the English language is the most upsetting part of his rant.

DavidGeorge
DavidGeorge

Democrats don't like rump rangers (or employment) dontchaknow.

sy78800
sy78800

"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel."  Huh?  If Culliver is hearing voices in his head, maybe he should volunteer for one of the NFL's brain studies.  Dumb @ss.

juice_rocks
juice_rocks

You'd think he'd never been to SAN FRANCISCO before. What a moron.  He couldn't even be bothered with the coded language of the more sophisticated, modern bigots. Just came right out and said it.

Richard54
Richard54

Speaking of sweet, look at Miss Chris! With those bare arms, those pretty earrings, that sweet white scarf, topped off by a 49ers turban! OOOH, child! You can see why "Little Richard" Culliver smiles that pretty smile. . .Another five seconds and that photog would've gotten a "pageant wave" from Miss Chris! Over and out.

RobertM
RobertM

I am sure that he is expressing the overwhelming majority opinion of the rest of the players in every locker room and team. Right or wrong he is in the significant majority of players in terms of sentiment. Most Americans feel the same way.

 

Many and maybe most democrats harbor racist thoughts yet they voted for Obama. How else do you explain that today America made history by having achieved 2 African Americans simultaneously serving in the US Senate for the first time in our nations history. Neither of them as elected and therefore both were appointed because some white man quit the job. This is a racist, homophobic, sexist country. Significantly so and people need to wake up to the daily instances in front of them and not the media created situations of distraction.

 

Things will change over time maybe. In the meantime we need to not feed into the crap that is created in order to distract. In this case from the actual game itself that will be played. What this man espoused upon is coming from a set of beliefs that are commonly held within this country. People should not at all be surprised. This past November the election of the first openly gay Senator.... 

LarryLemanski
LarryLemanski

Between this guy and Randy Moss' "I'm the greatest that ever played!" I'm a new Ravens fan.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

49'ers proudly support 15% of the homecrowd who are buying tickets, i highly doubt the 49'ers are actively looking for and / or signing any known gay players who have the talent to make the team. Now Rooneys' gotta make another rule.

john15
john15

The guy may not be articulate, but he is expressing the sentiments of most Americans.

rfarrell7
rfarrell7

Leaving aside the a$shole bigotry for a second... WOW!  This guy is really stupid and uneducated.   "Nah, we ain’t got no..."  A real trophy for whatever university, high school or even elementary school that let this Einstein out.

 

I am sure that the 49ers are just THRILLED about the $hit-storm of distractions and bad feelings this cretin has unleashed right before the game.   After the game, SF should let this loser go.  Not because of his bigotry, homophobia or inability to speak English,  but for his complete lack of common sense in flapping his mouth off like this.

donald5
donald5

Not the brightest bulb in the pack is he?  Can't wait for the follow up interview.  Somehow I think he might be looking at a sheet of paper when he talks to the press the next time

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @MikeFisher Hate to be the one to break the news to you, but you've been in a locker room with a gay guy. In your case it seems to have caused incurable stupidity.

matt37
matt37

 @BillyBobBob Yeah, something tells me this tool doesn't know what "derogatory" means, much less how to spell it.

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

 @RobertM "I am sure that he is expressing the overwhelming majority opinion of the rest of the players in every locker room and team." 

 

With that much, at least, I agree.

 

My feeling is not so much that he hates gay men, but rather that he chose a really tactless way of expressing his (in my opinion, reasonable) unease with having on a gay teammate in the locker room while everybody is naked.

Bill R
Bill R

 @RobertM Dude are you the one that wrote Culliver's "apology"?  Because you sure as hell make about as much sense as it.

FFXII
FFXII

 @john15 Really? Is that why two states and the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage this year?  Is that why 9 states have legalized it? Is that why polls show, across the board, that most Americans favor legalizing gay marriage?  MOST Americans would prefer to do unto others, would prefer to let people make their own decisions and leave government/religion out of them, would prefer to let people love who they love.  It's too bad that people like you think that they're expressing the majority opinion, when in reality, you are becoming, the increasingly out-of-touch minority.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

 @rfarrell7 I'm kinda glad that this guy doesn't have a paralyzing fear of offending anyone in anyway that this country seems to be embracing. agreeing with everyone and with anything they choose to do or be is a choice. don't condemn the 1st amendment, the gay community certainly isnt. they are banking on it to further their cause and so on the flip coin this player chose to oppose and thats just fine. one voice which speaks for many who are afraid now to offend.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

 @donald5 He'll be made to follow rank and file yes, but that don't mean the words on the paper necessarily reflect his views and opinions. Sad, but thats how a company works. You don't piss off the ticket buyers.

RobertM
RobertM

 @corop1999 Why? Because I am saying that he simply has the right to feel how he wants and that in America bigotry is the norm? We don't need to get so bent outta shape over this stuff. Just live on and pay more attention to the people around you instead of this stuff in the media. Just because someone is a little bigoted doesn't mean that they should be castigated. Even bigots should be respected. After all we live in a country full of them (vast majority of Americans are bigots in some way)/

 

Are you too dense to understand that my point was that all news is not worth paying attention to and instead we should spend more time talking to and respecting our neighbors. Looks like you may be the idiot because you clearly think in sound bites.

 

As a football fan I couldn't care less about what is an obvious sentiment in every locker room regarding gays. Do you now get my point or are you still slow and far behind?

matt37
matt37

 @FFXII  @john15 Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.  Most people DO NOT agree with this moron and his backasswards bigoted views. 

Mike72
Mike72

 @FFXII  @john15

 Elected officials continue to do the oppisite of what they are elected for. I bet that the people who voted for those same ones that put those new laws in place didnt know they were going to do that. If so they probably wouldnt have been elected. Hopefully when they get removed those same laws can be ammened. Oh, and they are only polling gays too. I didnt get asked about it.

matt37
matt37

 @JamesMartin  @rfarrell7 Yeah, that's it Jimbo.  Culliver is the new brave voice of a generation of young Americans who are afraid to speak the truth!I'm tired of mouth-breathers talking about the first amendment in this case when it has absolutely nothing to do with anything.  No one is knocking down his door in the middle of the night and hauling him away for his speech.  The first amendment is not a free pass to say whatever you want.  It comes with responsibilities.  If he's a big enough boy to shoot his mouth off, then he should be a big enough boy to stand up and stick to what he said.  I'd respect him more if he didn't back down.  Now I think he's a bigot AND a coward.

matt37
matt37

 @Mike72  @FFXII  @john15 Mike, the world is passing you by.  Progress is being made.  You can either hop on board or just pass on the hatred and bigotry to another generation, who will then suffer for your ignorance.