49ers Player’s Anti-Gay Remarks Make the Super Bowl-Bound Team Look Bad (VIDEO)

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Chris CulliverYou seriously can't get through the media superstorm that is the week before the Super Bowl without a player saying something really, really stupid. Case in point: Chris Culliver. He's a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, and he recently caused a lot of controversy over his viewpoints on homosexuals.

A radio host asked the 24-year-old first about his sex plans with white women during Super Bowl week (yeah ...). He followed that up by asking Culliver if he'd ever pursue a homosexual man.

"I don't do the gay guys, man. I don't do that ... 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."

He then went on to say a gay teammate wouldn't be accepted. "Nah. Can't be ... in the locker room, nah. You've gotta come out 10 years later after that."

Disgusting, right? And, seriously, hate to say it, but we're all thinking it: Did this dude completely forget which city he plays for?

San Francisco is a city that has long embraced diversity, across ethnicities and sexualities. They have a huge gay population. Of course, Chris has every right to express his opinion, just as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has the right to champion gay marriage. But when Chris represents his team and makes comments that are exclusionary or intolerant or non-PC or just downright hateful about a group of people, he's got to be prepared to accept the consequences. Consequences like, when folks first read these comments, things like "gahh" and "idiot" immediately come to mind.

So naturally, the team has spoken out against Chris' viewpoints, and Chris issued a much more eloquent, rehearsed apology himself, as these situations tend to warrant.

"I'm sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments. Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation."

The head coach, Jim Harbaugh, also met with Culliver to talk about that interview. All right, so you obviously can't judge an entire team and organization based on one lone player's dumb comments, but many are calling for him to be suspended due to the trouble he's caused the 49ers before the biggest football game of the year. Regardless, as Ayanbadejo so eloquently put it:

"You can't fight hate with hate. You've got to fight hate with love."

I fully believe that Culliver was being truthful when he told that radio host he was uncomfortable with gays in the locker room. It's sad and very telling about what the guy's guy culture is like in the professional sports world. Still, we can try to follow Ayanbadejo's advice and hope, deep down, that Culliver has learned from his mistake and will think before he spews anything that sounds remotely intolerant from now on. It's just a really big shame to get reminders like this about how far we still have to go.

Here's footage from the interview:

Do you think Chris Culliver should be suspended for these remarks?


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bills... billsfan1104

Why is the reporter asking those question about Doing anyone? It's noones business. He should if just ignored the questions all together. And if is not into gay sex, that's his decision.

randh... randhferedinos

Why is it not ok to be uncomfortable in the locker room with someone who is outspokenly interested in their own sex? I would be quite uncomfortable changing in front of a lesbian just the same as I would be in front of a guy who is not my husband. What is the world coming to?

JennJ... JennJenn616

Artie Lang always asks random questions like that.  It's true that he has a right to his own opinions and his own desires.  It does, however, enforce the stigma that all professional sports teams have issues like that.  It might not be true, but I believe that his words didn't help them come back from that stigma.

kelti... kelticmom

He could have said he wasn't gay or interested in men without being so insulting and crass about it. And I always love how straight people are always convinced that if a gay person sees them in any form of undress that they are going to be ogling them and fantasizing and hitting on them. Lol

nonmember avatar Nikki

You know, you get what you ask for and they asked. I suppose you could say its discriminatory but he can have his opinion. No he should not be suspended for it

randh... randhferedinos

Actually, kelticmom, I agree that he was crass in the way he said it. We're you also addressing the fact that I wouldn't undress in front of a man That i am not married to? It's not just lesbians who I would feel uncomfortable around.

nonmember avatar blue

I wouldn't want to undress in front of a bunch of straight dudes, or lesbians. What is controversial about that? I'm not judging their sexuality, I'm uncomfortable!!! AND, one person's opinion, should not reflect an entire football organization. The guy asked a question, he answered on his own. He did not say "my team feels this way."

CPN322 CPN322

I don't like his remarks but I do not feel he should be suspended.

kelti... kelticmom

randhferedinos, I actually hadn't read your comment yet. I was responding to what he had said. But yes, I guess I was unintentionally. I get that you would be uncomfortable undressing around anyone that wasn't your husband. But to be uncomfortable around someone of your own gender bc they are gay? Maybe that lesbian/gay guy in the lockeroom next to you has a wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband? Maybe she/he just thinks you are unattractive? Gay men and women do not pant/lust after every person of the same gender they see any more than you do the opposite sex.

nonmember avatar kristi

"does he forget what city he plays for" really?

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