49ersí Chris Culliver discriminating against Gays
During an interview with radio host Artie Lange on Tuesday, Chris Culliver raised quite a hell of a media storm with his hostile attitude over the possibility of sharing the locker room with a gay teammate.
“I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that,” said Chris Culliver. “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."
So, far there has never been an openly gay player in the NFL, at least not while active. Former NFL player Wade Davis previously expressed that he is personally aware of several gay players currently in the NFL but they are afraid to come out due to the possible negative response by teammates and their franchise.
Chris Culliver went on stating further comments that could make it even more difficult for gay players to come out of the closet while still in the NFL.
“Yeah, come out 10 years later after that,” Chris Culliver responded to the question if any of his gay teammates would need to keep their sexuality a secret while still in the NFL.
Although Chris Culliver offered a very honest perspective and unspoken sentiments believed to be held widely by other NFL players, the sensitivity of the issue and its timings are bound to generate a lot of criticism and distractions for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The San Francisco 49ers quickly released a statement distancing themselves from Chris Culliver’s insensitive remarks and rejecting any sort of discrimination within the organization.
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made (Tuesday), and have addressed the matter with Chris,” read the statement released by the San Francisco 49ers regarding Chris Culliver’s comments. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
The incident also creates a clear distinction between a pair of San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens players. While Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has vowed to use the media spot light (due to the Super Bowl) for advocating gay rights of equality and same-sex marriage, Chris Culliver’s comments stand in stark contrast, emphasizing the continuing stigma of homosexuality that still exists in the league.
Additionally, Chris Culliver’s comments about the gays only come a day after former San Francisco 49ers player Kwame Harris’ ex-boyfriend outted his homosexuality in a lawsuit. Kwame Harris’ ex-boyfriend is pressing charges of alleged assault amongst many others against the former offensive lineman.