Never before in the history of the Super Bowl have gay people and gay subject matter been so intricately linked with football! But today we have another headline, following on Kwame Harris's forced outing and Hi Tops landing in Sports Illustrated, in which we have a current 49ers team member unsurprisingly and unapologetically proclaiming "I don't do the gay guys, man."
That would be cornerback Chris Culliver who gave a quote to Yahoo Sports declaring:
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.
Culliver went on to
expound upon his theories regarding sexual identity say a couple of other ignorant things betcha he didn't know about Harris til yesterday! For one, in response to the question of whether football players should keep their homosexuality a secret while active in the NFL, he replied, "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."
Anyway. Just maintaining the status quo. Cheers to that, Culliver. We look forward to your riveting autobiography. And we guess those other team members weren't speaking on behalf of ALL the 49ers when they made that nice It Gets Better video last year. Culliver was notably absent in that one.
UPDATE: He's also a misogynist.
UPDATE II: The 49ers have responded to the Culliver controversy. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the team rejected the homophobic comments saying: "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." No word yet on what exactly "addressing the matter" entails.
UPDATE III: Culliver has issued a statement of apology that only the best PR person could craft: "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."