After making anti-gay statements to radio show host Artie Lange during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVII, NPR reported on Thursday, Jan. 31 that Culliver gave an interview with Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Jan. 31 apologizing for his anti-gay statements.
Radio show host Artie Lange asked San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver if there were any gay San Francisco 49ers, and that is when the barrage of anti-gay statements started.
Culliver answered, “Nah. We 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. Nah, can’t be in the locker room.”
Artie Lange asked if gay professional football players should stay in the closet.
“Yeah. Come out 10 years later after that,” Culliver replied.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated on Jan. 31, Chris Culliver said:
“It’s been very difficult because I’m a little disappointed. [People think] that I don’t like homosexuals and I don’t support gay communities and thinks like that, which I do. I have gay relatives who I talk to, not on a daily basis, but I do and I support them.”
Culliver told Sports Illustrated that the questions regarding homosexual teammates from radio show host Artie Lange were “disrespectful.”
The San Francisco 49ers organization issued a statement saying they “rejected” Chris Culliver’s comments.
“There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will support the LGBT community.”
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