49er Backtracks on Anti-Gay Remarks
Just days after a former San Francisco 49ers football player was outed and days before the Super Bowl, a current athlete for the California team made national headlines for saying he couldn’t accept an openly gay teammate.
According to Yahoo Sports, 49ers’ cornerback Chris Culliver reportedly made anti-gay comments during an interview with radio host Artie Lange. In the interview, Culliver says that he could not be on the same team with someone who is gay.
"I don’t do the gay guys man," said Culliver. "I don’t do that. 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."
The 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the 2013 Super Bowl. Culliver will also play against Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the Ravens who has been a major LGBT rights supporter and wants to use the Super Bowl as a platform to promote marriage equality.
Lange asked Culliver if gay athletes need to stay in the closet while playing professional football and the cornerback replied, "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."
Culliver’s comments come days after Kwame Harris, a former offensive tackler for the 49ers, made headlines for being involved in a bizarre incident with Dimitri Geier, Harris’ former boyfriend, and was subsequently outed publicly. Harris allegedly beat Geier in a fight over pouring soy sauce over rice and borrowed (or stolen) underwear. Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of felony domestic violence and assault.
Culliver’s remarks don’t reflect everyone on the team. Soon after Harris’ incident made its way around the Web, a few 49ers said they wouldn’t have had a problem with Harris if he was out, USA Today reports.
"I don’t think so, not at all," Delanie Walker, a tight end who played with Harris for two seasons, said. "It probably wouldn’t affect me, but other guys might feel different."