49ers Cornerback Says Gay Players Are Not Welcome On His Team
Just one day after several current players on the SF 49ers responded favorably to the discovery that their former teammate Kwame Harris is gay, the Niners cornerback Chris Culliver made it clear he would not welcome any gay player on his team or in the NFL.
According to Yahoo Sports:
Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver at media day Tuesday and aired a segment on his show that night, where the player insisted that any gay players would not be welcome on the team.
"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.
"Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."
When quizzed by Lange whether any homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver responded: "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."
With the Super Bowl XLVII only days away, Culliver’s inflammatory remarks have many fans calling for official action from the 49ers ranging from Culliver’s suspension to a formal apology, but as of this writing there’s no confirmation the team plans to address the issue either before or after the big game on Sunday.
Do you think Culliver’s comments were irresponsible and if so, how do you feel the 49ers should handle this incident?
Listen to the full interview below.
*UPDATE - The 49ers have responded to Culliver’s comments with the following statement:
"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."