Chris Culliver apologizes for “hurtful and ugly” anti-gay remarks
After the San Francisco 49ers quickly responded to put out the media storm and address the public’s outcry over discrimination against gays, it was inevitable that Chris Culliver too would have to kneel to the franchise’s will. So came forth an public apology that leaves many questioning the sincerity of Chris Culliver’s “heart” as well as his mental capacity.
"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,” Chris Culliver said in a statement released by the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday night. “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."
It’s is uncertain if Chris Culliver will face a fine or some sort of disciplinary action for his inflammatory anti-gay comments.
Earlier Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers distanced themselves from Chris Culliver’s perspective, claiming the NFL and locker rooms were open to the concept of having gay players.
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris,” the San Francisco 49ers released in a statement. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
During the interview with radio host Artie Lange, Chris Culliver had appeared uncomfortable with the idea of having a gay teammate and suggested there was no place in the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room for homosexual players.
“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."
Chris Culliver even went so far as to suggest that any gay teammates should not come out of the closet until the end of their NFL career.
“You’ve gotta come out 10 years later after that,” said Chris Culliver.
The 24-year-old Chris Culliver, selected in the third round out of South Carolina in the 2011 draft, played six games while racking up 47 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumbles this season. The second-year pro Chris Culliver caught his first career postseason interception in the San Francisco 49ers’ NFC title win over the Atlanta Falcons three weeks ago.