Posted January 31, 2013

Chris Culliver addresses anti-gay remarks

San Francisco 49ers
Chris Culliver's comments created a controversy around the 49ers late Wednesday. (AP)

Chris Culliver’s comments created a controversy around the 49ers late Wednesday. (AP)

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Culliver found himself at the center of a media swarm Thursday morning, as the San Francisco 49ers held their final full-team press conference of the week.

Late Tuesday night, audio was released of a Media Day interview between Culliver and radio host Artie Lange, in which Culliver made derogatory remarks about the possibility of gay players in the NFL.

“I don’t do the gay guys man, I don’t do that,” Culliver told Lange. “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.”

The 49ers released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that the organization rejected Culliver’s comments and “have addressed the matter with Chris.”

Culliver later released his own statement, apologizing.

Thursday, he repeatedly had to answer questions about the interview with Lange.

“It’s been very difficult because I’m a little disappointed,” said Culliver of the past 24 hours or so. “(People think) that I don’t like homosexuals and I don’t support gay communities and things like that, which I do. I have gay relatives who I talk to, not on a daily basis, but I do and I support them.”

Culliver’s teammate, Donte Whitner, said that he had a brief talk with Culliver to tell him what to expect at Thursday’s media availability. Whitner also said that “I guarantee (Culliver) has learned his lesson now.”

“He’s a young guy — everyone else in our secondary is a little older than him. We’re always trying to teach him lessons,” Whitner added, regarding Culliver. “He is sort of the flamboyant type of kid sometimes, sometimes he does things that we don’t really know why he does them. That’s Chris.

“He’ll learn from this. We’ll all say bits and pieces to him, and he’ll get past it. He won’t make the same mistake again.”

In the statement he released Wednesday, Culliver said he did not realize that his comments were “hurtful and ugly” until he saw them in print. He reiterated that stance Thursday, saying that he did not consider the interview problematic “until they posted it and everybody made a scene so big.”

“If you hear the whole interview, it was a disrespectful question at first,” Culliver said. “If you hear the whole interview, if you hear my voice, I don’t have nothing against gay people, nothing against any homosexuals.”

Culliver certainly deserves the heat he’s taken in the aftermath of that interview with Lange, though this is far from the first time that an NFL player, either active or retired, has made remarks disparaging the idea of gay players in the locker room.

“It’s a rough game, a very rough game and I guess you think of foootball, you don’t think of someone being gay,” Whitner said. “But the actuality of it all, the facts are that people in the NFL are gay that just haven’t come out. I can guarantee you there are people who are gay in the NFL right now.”

The NFL has yet to respond to the comments in any way, though the topic is a safe bet to come up during Roger Goodell’s annual state of the league press conference later this week. Culliver does not appear to be facing any sort of discipline for the incident.

108 comments
joey-schmoey
joey-schmoey

omgosh... athletes are homofobes??? and they take HGH??? omgosh

DanielRowe
DanielRowe

Actually I really don't understand why any time someone makes any derogatory comments about homosexuals they in turn have to come out and issue an apology if they are a public figure. Have some balls and stand up for what you say. Homosexuality is an abomination as stated by God in the Bible. Clear and simple.

john15
john15

This BS will really make the kid LUV dem gays---just to show he has no hard[lol] feelings he should accept a BJ from flamer.

colonialjump
colonialjump

The truly ironic thing about this thread is -  the 3 three users I've been debating with and who each accused me of being a "bigot" all ended up insulting me racially or using crypto-racist arguments when the couldn't out debate me. LOL! White liberals - give me a good old white racist over them any day. At least they think logically and you can see them coming from a mile off.

rifleman
rifleman

So we no longer can exercise free speech? Even if it's silly and stupid? So now we have to have all of our thoughts and words approved by the thought police?

colonialjump
colonialjump

TRUE STORY - Many years ago, at the height of apartheid South Africa, a gay rights group sponsored a black anti-apartheid activist to come to England to speak to a black activist organization in Tottenham, North London - an area with a high black population. Midway through his lecture, the black activist made it very clear that he was horrified when he learned that his trip had been sponsored by a gay rights group and that he could not believe that his fellow blacks had become involved with people who practised a form of sexuality that was an insult to their ancestors.

One of the white, gay sponsors was in the audience; and on hearing the speaker's statement, stood up and yelled at the top of his lungs - YOU BLACK SCUM!!!!!

Gays? Good people? Yeah, when they can use the black civil rights movement to further their disgusting cause. Otherwise, not so nice. 

 

YuckDaFankees
YuckDaFankees

Guess the dude doesn't know he plays for the city that is Mecca for gay people in the US.  What a fool.

bsamps07
bsamps07

It is absolutely ridiculous to think that a professional athlete would have these thoughts in 2013 none the less share them with the media.  I believe that Culliver should be punished by the NFL check out more at www.thebrian.sportsblog.com

matt37
matt37

I would actually respect Chris Culliver if he came back and stood up for what he originally said.  I would still disagree with him and think him a bigot, but I'd also think him brave for standing up for what he believes in.  As it stands now, I think he's a moronic bigot AND has no courage or backbone.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

First of all, from what I read, the things he said may have been misguided and immature, but they weren't all THAT bad. But no matter ... if he had singled out, say, "ignorant redneck buffoons" to trash-mouth about, I'll just bet that all these Constitutional Einsteins who are whimpering about "freedom of speech" would change their tune in a hurry.

Staz
Staz

I don't have anything against gay people, but it does seem like they're on SI like all the time now. Sign of the times I guess.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @DanielRowe Bible was not written by god. Bible also says it's an abomination to eat shellfish. Best of luck working through your personal issues.

Rick M
Rick M

 @DanielRowedifference is, no one cares what u think. and we also reject your moral and ethical judgements on people based on an archaic book that's not meant to be taken literally anyway.

 

go do your hating on those you disapprove at your church. the rest of us don't wanna hear it 

 

matt37
matt37

 @DanielRowe Because when you live and work in the public eye, what the public thinks actually matters.  Your boss and potential sponsors actually matter.  I disagree with everything the kid said, but I'd actually respect him more if he stuck to his guns.  Now I think he's a bigot and a coward.

ChrisCulliverIsABigot
ChrisCulliverIsABigot

 @colonialjump Give me a break.  I called you out for being a bitter old 'the white man is out to get me' black man and you called me a racist.  No one here was trying to 'out-debate-you', and the fact is you've done a good job out out-debating yourself by being such a hypocrite.  In your own words you've called gays 'disgusting'.  That is what members of the KKK refer to your people as which is an obvious form of bigotry, so how can you tell me by doing the same thing that you are not one? 

 

By reading your posts and responses tonight it's clear to me that you are one of those people who thinks he always had it harder than everyone else, my roads been tougher than yours, blah, blah, blah. If you think white liberals are out to get you you are truly paranoid and in need of some mental help.

 

I am done with you and this so called 'debate', I really hope everyone else stops responding to you because it's obvious that you are the king of your fantasy world.  Besides - ITS THE INTERNET - in the end does it really matter? You are old enough to be so dead set in your ways that your opinion will never change - we get it, trust me.

 

I guess what it all comes down to it I just can't understand why someone who has gone through struggles for their own 'people' for equality would want to try to put a black eye on some other groups struggles.  It's all one in the same.  It doesn't matter how things were 50, 100, years ago.

 

The biggest shame here is that you've brought 3 people into the world and most likely taught and imposed your ignorance on them.  It's no different an a white racist father raising his son to be the same way.  I hope your children are able to overcome this and think on their own as they age and have children of their own.  It's a shame though that their father or grandfather will forever be remembered as an old, bitter, racist, POS.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @colonialjump There's an old expression that goes, 'No use beating a dead horse'. You didn't 'out debate' anyone, you just kept repeating the same old foolish arguments. If you didn't learn the first four or five times, you won't learn at all.

meandmesa
meandmesa

 @rifleman Nobody was preventing Culliver from saying what he wants.  The issue is that his employer, whom he does have to answer to if he wants to keep his job, admonished him and requested that he immediately make a statement retracting his comments.  In any other company, he would be fired.  That is a responsibility all of us have who work for and represent a business of any kind.  Aside from that, I don't have a problem with his right to say what he said which is an entirely separate issue.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @rifleman If you pissed off your employers customers you'd have two choices: apologize or look for another job. That's what happened here.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @rifleman Have someone explain to you what free speech is. Facing the consequences of foolish statements has NOTHING to do with free speech. If someone arrests Culliver, or charges him with a crime, THEN it's a free speech issue. 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @colonialjump The speaker got exactly what he deserved. He was invited as a speaker against one kind of bigotry and he showed up to promote another kind of bigotry. You seem to have some real deep seeded problems with gay people. You should work on that.

rifleman
rifleman

 @bsamps07 Yeah it's amazing that we think people can't have an honest opinion, even if it differs from you or me? I thought America still believed in free speech? Or is it only when it is PC language? Liberals used to say they hated the Nazi's but would defend their right to say what they thought. Now, though that no longer applies. You don't dare go up against the thought police...

rifleman
rifleman

 @matt37  He was cowed by the PC thought police. It is no longer acceptable to exercise free speech- but it is okay for homosexuals to call those who disagree with them "bigots", "homophobic", etc...

rifleman
rifleman

 @John NoLastName No I wouldn't care one way or the other. I figure no one cares one way or the other- I sure don't. He's a freaking football player! He wasn't talking about anyone in particular...

RoehlS
RoehlS

 @John NoLastName Except you can choose to stop being an ignorant redneck buffoon. You can't choose to be gay or not.

matt37
matt37

 @Staz No, gay people aren't on SI all the time.  Morons talking down about a whole group of people are on SI all the time.

rifleman
rifleman

 @JasonMacBride  @DanielRowe Are you really that stupid? You act as if you're a Bible expert but you don't know the difference between Old Testament dietary restrictions and the New Testament? I love it when idiots show how little they know in public...

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @matt37  

 I wonder if there is language in his contract that says he cannot embarrass his employer, etc. All he had to say at the time is that his views are not the views of his team, but merely his personal views. I would hope that agents prepare their clients to make all their statements conditional as purely personal views.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @Rickapolis  It's hopeless. Everyone is a bigot and a racist except him. Boring. TT soon Rickapolis. 

colonialjump
colonialjump

 @Rickapolis

 Yes, but I didn't have to resort to racial insults, cloaked or otherwise, to prove my point.

rifleman
rifleman

 @meandmesa  No he wouldn't be fired in any other company- we still live in America. You mean if someone asks you a question and you answer it you can be fired? I wouldn't want to work for your employer. Most places don't care what you say as long as you are not cursing out somebody (like your boss) or it's affecting your job.

rifleman
rifleman

 @Rickapolis He didn't commit a crime so quit changing the subject. Are we going to throw people in jail for speaking their mind just b/c we don't like it?

colonialjump
colonialjump

 @JasonMacBride

 Disgust with homosexuality is not bigotry. I'm disgusted by paedophiles and parsnips (yuck) does that make me a bigot? And do you actually think it's okay to call a black person "black scum" because they simply don't agree with you? Are you serious or stupid?

ChrisCulliverIsABigot
ChrisCulliverIsABigot

 @rifleman  Dude, it has to do with the NFL and the 49ers not wanting to be associated with someone who is a homophobe.  He makes millions to play for them, he just needs to learn to keep his big mouth shut.

matt37
matt37

 @rifleman Good lord.  Did you take any sort of high school civics or government classes?  When the authorities come to Culliver's house to arrest him over his words, than we can talk about his "free speech" being infringed.He has the right to say whatever he wants.  The public has every right to create this backlash against him.  In addition to the public, his employer and potential sponsors also have a right to hold his words against him-that's THEIR free speech.

Staz
Staz

 @matt37 Agreed, but I'm just saying that they definitely have had more opportunities to do so lately.

rifleman
rifleman

 @JasonMacBride  @DanielRowe I'm not the one who brought up the Bible- YOU DID! I was pointing out how little you know about it. And I see you resort to the name-calling and hate-mongering you accuse others of. You're nothing but a hypocrite!

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @rifleman  @DanielRowe Typical bible thumper, picking and choosing the parts they want to follow. And for the record, that fairy tale book you believe in has been used as the basis for racism, discrimination against women, enslavement of whole nations and now persecution of gays. Good luck working through your animosities toward other human beings.

meandmesa
meandmesa

 @rifleman You are kidding right? He represents the San Franciso 49's and if you represent a company and bring bad press to that company or organization because of something you say or do than indeed you have a good chance of being fired or at minimum being severely reprimanded.  Test it out where you work and see what happens (assuming you don't own your own company).

ChrisCulliverIsABigot
ChrisCulliverIsABigot

 @colonialjump  @JasonMacBride Funny though that you live in England and hate gays.  London is soooo much more liberal than the us.  Hating gays in England is about the same as hating Af. Americans or Latinos in the US.

colonialjump
colonialjump

 @JasonMacBride

 Again with the ad Hominem. Is that all you've got left, my friend? Anyhow, it's 01.22 here in England and I'm very tired and starting to make a lot of typos. I haven't walked my poor dog all day so I'm just going to take her once around the park for a quick pee and poo, come back, have a bowl of frosties and go to bed. Good luck to you and the homosexuals. I'm outta here. SHABBA! and PEACE!

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @colonialjump For all you know i am Black. In any event I am not racist and I am certainly not your friend. You, on the other hand, need serious help.

colonialjump
colonialjump

 @JasonMacBride

 Disgust and bigotry are two entirely different things They are different words with two entirely separate definitions. They are not connected in any way, shape or form. And the speaker in my story made no racist remark but was subjected to a racist retaliation. If you think that's a justifiable thing my racist friend, that's your problem, not mine. The next time you disagree with a black person's opinion, I suggest you shout at them - "YOU BLACK SCUM" and then get back to us with the results.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @colonialjump "Disgust" with homosexuality is both bigoted and stupid. It does not concern you - worry about things that affect your life.

 

As for the bigot in the little story you're so fond of telling, he started the trouble. You make prejudiced remarks against someone you can't whine when they do it back to you.

 

 

matt37
matt37

 @rifleman  @ChrisCulliverIsABigot Good grief.  When someone goes on a rant about how gays aren't welcome, it's not a reach to call him a bigot.  And regardless, the point is, I wouldn't go on my company's website and call Culliver a bigot.  I wouldn't give an interview on TV and slam the guy.  We're all entitled to our opinions and our free speech-some of us are smart enough to know WHEN and WHERE it's appropriate.

rifleman
rifleman

 @ChrisCulliverIsABigot  So you're calling him a "homopobe"?  Does your employer know you call people names? How is you throwing out that term (like "racist" or "bigot") any different than what he did? You are using inflammatory language and insulting people. You folks sure can dish it out but can't take it yourself...

matt37
matt37

 @Staz I forgot about the Kwame story.  That was hilarious!

Staz
Staz

 @matt37  @Staz It is just semantics. What I meant is that with the Te'o and  Kwame Harris stories along with this one it seems like there's more articles involving gay people in some capacity. Really just a pointless statement on my part but that's what it was.

matt37
matt37

 @Staz I think we're probably in agreement and just talking semantics....but had more opportunities to do what?  Have others trash them when they're just trying to live their lives?