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Outed Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris Denounces Chris Culliver's Anti-Gay Remarks as 'Vitriol and Hate'

HarrisKwame Harris, the former San Francisco 49er outed earlier this week after it was revealed he was being charged for assaulting a former boyfriend, has responded to Chris Culliver's anti-gay remarks.

Said Harris to NBC Bay Area:

“It’s surprising that in 2013 Chris Culliver would use his 15 minutes to spread vitriol and hate. I recognize that these are comments that he may come to regret and that he may come to see that gay people are not so different than straight people."

Earlier...
SF 49er Chris Culliver on Anti-Gay Remarks: 'I Apologize to Those I Have Offended' [tr]
SF 49er Chris Culliver: Gays Not Welcome in the Locker Room or the NFL - AUDIO [tr]

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  1. right, gay and straight football players can be thugs

    Posted by: t | Jan 30, 2013 10:11:30 PM


  2. That's cool of Kwame.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Jan 30, 2013 10:50:04 PM


  3. Hate?? Ummm...says the guy who allegedly beat up his boyfriend? Reslly? You need to focus on your own issues dude.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 30, 2013 10:54:42 PM


  4. LOL@this guy attempting to be self-righteous now. Cullivers comments probably wouldn't have been made in the first place had he not been in the news over Soy Sauce...

    Posted by: EnRanc | Jan 30, 2013 11:00:43 PM


  5. hey he's speaking what needs to be said. he may have been "outted" in all the wrong ways, but he's on our side.

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 30, 2013 11:38:12 PM


  6. What other "side" could he be on after being outed (and what "side" was he on before that happened?) The cats out of the bag now, so he can either play the activist gay card or be quiet.

    Posted by: EnRanc | Jan 30, 2013 11:51:11 PM


  7. Anyone attacking this guy for speaking the truth against HATE BIGOTRY EVIL spewed by Culliver is a homophobe. Admit it and move on. But don't try to be middle of the road. Say you can't stand gays and love when people (like heteros) marganalize them to not be allowed in locker rooms, arenas, BSA, marriage, and anything else. Bigots, we know you. Even if you think we don't/

    Posted by: LAX | Jan 31, 2013 12:42:48 AM


  8. He didn't say a damn thing wrong. He's right on the money. Chris Culliver's comments were some of the ugliest things I've seen. And in 2013? and in san francisco? He deserves far more criticism than he is getting for his disgusting words.

    Posted by: Concord | Jan 31, 2013 12:43:51 AM


  9. Betty?

    You disagree with Culiver's comments being hateful?

    Judging based on your previous posts, I'm not surprised you would. You seem to sit on that fence with a few other posters who's commentary I find suspect at best, and bias against gays at worse. Keeping an eye out on your posts to decide for myself.

    Posted by: J.J. | Jan 31, 2013 12:45:21 AM


  10. If you're first reaction to a gay man who had a personal/private dispute with his ex, who is now commenting against homophobia- to blast him, and not the homophobe....you might want to step back and ask why? why are you so fixated on running to the defense of the straight man? why are you so quick to target the gay individual in the story and absolve the hetero from their homophobia?
    Questions worth asking yourself.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jan 31, 2013 12:46:47 AM


  11. He's absolutely right.

    And to the commentators above. This is towleroad. Half the comments are from trolls, usually pretending to be LGBT. A straight athlete could have a press confrence stating all gays should be put to death and more than a handful of responders would justify it, or spin it to somehow not make it homophobic.

    Just the deal with this blog, and the characters it attracts.

    Posted by: USC Trojans | Jan 31, 2013 12:48:21 AM


  12. He didn't have to speak on this matter at all. It's good to see that he's using his unfortunate outing as an opportunity to speak out against hate and ignorance.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 31, 2013 1:05:33 AM


  13. What the heck does his dispute with his boyfriend have to do with him commenting on homophobia? He's absolutely allowed to comment on this matter.

    Unless of course, you feel Bill Clinton should have not formed any other opinions on any other matter after cheating with an intern and lying to the nation under oath. Or you feel only PERFECT people are allowed to comment on topics.

    Thank you Kwame for speaking up.

    Posted by: Ghertokilos | Jan 31, 2013 1:14:51 AM


  14. He has every right, if not a duty, to state his mind on the matter, and is serving as a fantastic pillar.

    Culliver's comments were about the most prejudice thing I've read in decades by an athlete against our community. And that's no joke. I honestly didn't believe the quotes were real, and had to go to a couple different news sites to believe they were credible, because they were so ignorant.

    Posted by: Polis | Jan 31, 2013 1:16:36 AM


  15. Thank you Kwame Harris for that. It was needed and a point well made.

    Posted by: Fox Rox | Jan 31, 2013 1:17:05 AM


  16. Chris Cullivers apology was just a PR release. That's not the the way he talks. lol.

    Posted by: barney | Jan 31, 2013 1:18:30 AM


  17. I don't know. Something about Culliver's comments really rubbed me the wrong way, more so than the usual run of the mill homophobia we've sadly become accustomed to by sports stars. When I sit back and take in his comments, he's almost threatening any gay athlete into shame. There was something really, reallyyyy ugly about it that quite honestly bothered me more than any other recent related story.

    Posted by: Jordan. Kuraro | Jan 31, 2013 1:18:58 AM


  18. ENRANC = Rick/Ratbastard.

    Please pass it on.

    Posted by: Truth 101 | Jan 31, 2013 1:22:57 AM


  19. Enrac seems like the new sock puppet for Rick. LoL rants against liberals and gays included.

    You ain't even a GOOD troll.

    Posted by: Just sayin' | Jan 31, 2013 1:23:30 AM


  20. You can bet that IF the 49s win ,the victory parade in SF wont be very welcoming..The 49s need to bench Culliver for the Superbowl

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 31, 2013 1:45:12 AM


  21. Is this man the only one to come out and speak against the bigotry of Culliver's comments? Why are there not more people in this field, be it commentators, former athletes and even current, speaking against his advocating of gays be unwelcomed in the sport? It's pretty big words to use, and I'd think those in NFL who stand up for fairness and equality would all come out more vocally against Cullivers comments.

    Thank you to Kwame for seemingly being the first.

    Posted by: cejo | Jan 31, 2013 2:08:39 AM


  22. Wow. In the past week, Kwame Harris was outed after beating his boyfriend. He'll have to deal with that in the courts.

    But GREAT that his life's incident and more people knowing he is gay (after being true to himself), has allowed him to stand up to homophobia, especially because it is directed toward him and other GLBTs like us.

    GO HARRIS!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 31, 2013 3:14:40 AM


  23. Wouldn't it be great if we could just get our gay jock thugs like Harris to beat up the straight jock thugs who spread hate like this? At the end of the day, the straight assholes' secret fear that some gays are bigger and tougher than them is what fuels their gay panic. If Obama's pleas for tolerance don't work, maybe that'll finally shut 'em up.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 31, 2013 4:12:30 AM


  24. Gotta love that this is all unfolding on Jackie Robinson's birthday. Someone should remind the moron that, just a few decades ago, black men couldn't play pro sports because of assholes just like him.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 31, 2013 4:18:20 AM


  25. You want to be associated with this manic rage-filled DB? He and Chris Brown should shack up or something.

    Posted by: Apollo | Jan 31, 2013 6:49:32 AM


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