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San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver: Gays Not Welcome in the Locker Room or the NFL - VIDEO

Radio host Artie Lange played a media day interview with Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49er cornerback Chris Culliver on his show Tuesday, and asked Culliver about the topic of gays in the NFL. Culliver expressed a deep distaste for the whole idea, Yahoo Sports reports:

Culliver"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "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."

When quizzed by Lange whether any homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver responded: "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

The 49ers released a statement in response to Culliver's remarks:

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

The 49ers were the first NFL team to make an 'It Gets Better' video back in August. Culliver was not among the players who appeared in it.

Hudson Taylor, the Executive Director of Athlete Ally, which works to end homophobia in sports, released a statement condemning Culliver's remarks:

“Chris Culliver’s comments are disrespectful, discriminatory and dangerous, particularly for the young people who look up to him. His words underscore the importance of the Athlete Ally movement and the key role that professional athletes play in shaping an athletic climate that affirms and includes gay and lesbian players.
 
Culliver’s views are as marginal as they are misguided. We’re seeing more and more NFL players take a stand against homophobia in sports through our organization and we know that support at this level is only going to grow. Athlete Ally’s NFL Ambassadors Brendon Ayanbadejo of the AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings and Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns connect our organization and the NFL, help promote the mission to end homophobia in sports by speaking out to their teams, leagues and fan bases, and encourage their colleagues to join in the effort. It’s clear by their involvement and the incredible support they are receiving from NFL fans across the country that discrimination is on the fringe and has absolutely no place in sports.”

UPDATE: Culliver has now issued a statement. READ IT HERE.

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  1. Perhaps someone's on the DL.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 30, 2013 3:00:02 PM


  2. "Sweet stuff"?

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 30, 2013 3:03:36 PM


  3. I sensed a forceful meaningless non-apology coming within a few days.

    Posted by: MalaysianHo | Jan 30, 2013 3:03:51 PM


  4. He's afraid of the temptation it sounds like! Not that football players are really the pinacle of intelligence, a few exceptions remaining.

    Posted by: Isaak | Jan 30, 2013 3:04:35 PM


  5. what a f***ing wimp.

    on the plus side, his own choice of words reveal that he's incredibly uneducated.

    you've gotta be a profoundly insecure man to utter any of the tripe he just dished out.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 30, 2013 3:05:45 PM


  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-i7rz9CsIM

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Jan 30, 2013 3:06:18 PM


  7. He has a really eloquent way of talking, now doesn't he?

    Posted by: Philip Tanner | Jan 30, 2013 3:08:13 PM


  8. Oh, God, here we go.

    Does he know what f.ckin' city his team represents?

    Actually, his philosophy is not much different than our own Rick...well, just Rick.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 30, 2013 3:08:52 PM


  9. A paragon of eloquence.

    Posted by: joe | Jan 30, 2013 3:11:23 PM


  10. I wonder how many imaginary internet girlfriends HE has...

    Posted by: Sam I Am | Jan 30, 2013 3:11:27 PM


  11. The false bravado has gotten old. There are already gay men in the locker room and likely on the very team where he plays. I guess he hasn't keep up w/Kwame Harris' story (49er). Quoting the 'Bus' (NFL Legend), "...If your play is the caliber where you belong here, You Belong..."

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 30, 2013 3:12:10 PM


  12. Lucky for him heterosexual men spend big money on spectator sports. Otherwise, he'd be pushing a broom in the back of a McDonald's for minimum wage.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 30, 2013 3:13:36 PM


  13. And this guy lives in San Francisco.

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 30, 2013 3:14:23 PM


  14. Happily they (players who are gay) don't ask your permission. So either accept it or quit. Simple. Problem solved. Now tell your next problem and let's find a solution to it, too.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 30, 2013 3:14:27 PM


  15. this won't go over well in san francisco.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 30, 2013 3:14:33 PM


  16. If NFL players were required to pass a third grade English test before being allowed in the league I doubt there'd be enough players to field even one team. And these guys (for the most part) are college graduates?, frightening.

    Posted by: Walt | Jan 30, 2013 3:15:21 PM


  17. Maybe they should ban black people from the locker room like they used to. How would he feel about that?

    Posted by: bendskier | Jan 30, 2013 3:18:00 PM


  18. If I just listened/read this moron's incredibly embarrassing and poor use of the English language I would guess he doesn't support gay marriage even before he told me. He's as dumb as a rock. He is very lucky he has a career in sports otherwise he would be selling drugs on a street corner - he isn't smart enough to do anything else.

    This idiot will be one of the sports player morons who declares bankruptcy 5 years after he retires because he's too dumb to take care of his money.

    I'm amazed he has the IQ to dress himself each morning.

    This is what we get when we push aside real education in our schools and instead put all of our money and focus into sports. America only has itself to blame.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 30, 2013 3:21:35 PM


  19. Wonder if he'll end up playing on Sunday. Will teach him and any others a great lesson if that happens.

    Posted by: Qiki | Jan 30, 2013 3:21:42 PM


  20. sweet stuff? how about salty stuff? all this dunce need do is introduce some soy sauce into the equation and i know a fella who could unleash a beating.

    ugh. sorry for going there. violence isn't funny. and neither is anti-gay ignorance.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 30, 2013 3:23:08 PM


  21. Typical. Exactly what I'd expect from him.

    Posted by: sean | Jan 30, 2013 3:23:49 PM


  22. @bendskier, you are right. Amnesia of part of the black community on civil rights issues is astounding. But yet again, nor skin color neither sexuality qualifies anyone to have a leveled head.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Jan 30, 2013 3:25:53 PM


  23. Wow. Guess he's never heard of a time, not too long ago, when people of his race couldn't drink from WHITE'S ONLY drinking fountains. They didn't want to "be with that sweet stuff" either.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 30, 2013 3:26:52 PM


  24. Ladies and gentlemen, your d-bag of the day.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 30, 2013 3:28:26 PM


  25. An eloquent spokesman for the movement, this interview should get more exposure. Perhaps he can debate Chris Kluwe.

    Posted by: imp | Jan 30, 2013 3:30:03 PM


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