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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. GIGI you took the words right out of my mouth!

    Posted by: leah | Jan 30, 2013 3:30:23 PM


  2. Can't wait for the Ravens to crush them on Sunday!!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 30, 2013 3:30:29 PM


  3. Go Ravens.

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | Jan 30, 2013 3:31:10 PM


  4. He proves himself as an uneducated boob, who when his football career is finished will undoubtedly show up on some crass reality show. Or turns out HE is gay and comes out in 10 years time. Talk about the pot calling the kettle :-)

    Posted by: Sarcastic medved | Jan 30, 2013 3:31:10 PM


  5. Another graduate of the school of equality and eugenics.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Jan 30, 2013 3:32:37 PM


  6. This...? From a Privilaged black man who NEVER NEVER EVER had to FIGHT for the RIGHTS He Obviously TAKES for GRANTED...PATHETIC!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 30, 2013 3:32:47 PM


  7. So eloquent, well spoken and such a deep thinker....a paragon of heterosexuality.....

    Posted by: freddy | Jan 30, 2013 3:34:47 PM


  8. "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."

    Seriously...where did he learn to speak English???

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 30, 2013 3:35:11 PM


  9. He probably lives in the Castro and is just playing this dumb homophobe.
    - I mean can anyone really be that dumb?
    Oh wait...he IS a football player, after all.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 30, 2013 3:35:34 PM


  10. @Saythetruth: This is not a black community issue, just like the "Don't Say Gay Bill" or John McCain/Lindsey Grahams' recent comments is a white community issue. It is about the comments of idiot - period!

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 30, 2013 3:37:01 PM


  11. Maybe instead of learning about bigotry and intolerance he should have studied English a little harder... idiot.

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 30, 2013 3:39:54 PM


  12. Yeah, we get it Chris. You have to bring out the tired and stupid "NO HOMO!" crap or else you're afraid that everyone will think you're gay. Grow up and grow a pair.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 30, 2013 3:42:59 PM


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

    Then you'd have no pro football, BENDSKIER.

    So, BENDSKIER, do you want to ban Baltimore's Brendon Ayanbadejo from the lockerroom also?

    It was a stupid answer from this pro athlete and he'll pay for it almost immediately.

    He doesn't know a damn thing about Gay people except what he's seen on the streets and what he's heard from idiot comedians and rappers who are as about as eloquent as he is.

    Don't make stupid comments in response to this athlete's stupidity.

    And who is this radio host, Artie Lange? He must've known what kind of answer he'd get from what must be one of the most un-sophisticated and inarticulate members of the 49ers team.


    My goodness, SEAN, you must be sedated. What a mild response from you.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 30, 2013 3:44:21 PM


  14. imp : Oh please, that wouldn't be a debate but a masacre.

    Kluwe puts the stereotypes to rest and shows that an athlete can be articulate and smart.

    This guy on the other hand, needs to go to school again. Or at least read some books, you find tons of foreigns that speak english more correctly than him

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 30, 2013 3:44:43 PM


  15. Football. That's the one with a bunch of muscly men who like to get together and prance around a meadow in super-tight pants with other muscly men, right? And the Super Bowl--that's the one where they all stop in the middle to have a song, right?

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 30, 2013 3:45:19 PM


  16. oh come on - he sounds super uneducated. he's prob in so much trouble right now.

    Posted by: David in NYC | Jan 30, 2013 3:45:34 PM


  17. He plays for the SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS. The first NFL team to include sexual orientation in their code of conduct. WTF?

    Posted by: 99% | Jan 30, 2013 3:47:32 PM


  18. He doesn't get that gay men have been in this locker room and every locker room he's ever been inside.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jan 30, 2013 3:48:19 PM


  19. Those that bark the loudest...

    Posted by: kaccompany | Jan 30, 2013 3:48:26 PM


  20. Here's another of his tweets:

    "Boy I wake up to a mean txt females in general just be -- well let me just say they be on there PERIOD!! "

    I guess we should feel better knowing he's not just a homophobe: he's a complete IDIOT.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jan 30, 2013 3:50:11 PM


  21. Here are their PR contacts if you want to drop them a line about how this does not reflect the pluralistic society of 2013 that we are all trying to create.

    http://media.49ers.com/Covering+The+49ers/pr-contacts/

    Posted by: Opinionated | Jan 30, 2013 3:51:15 PM


  22. you show me a locker room with no gays and i'll show you a unicorn.

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


  23. The backlash will be fun to watch. Let's say I'm confident this guy won't be on the 49ers next season. Yunel Escobar got effectively run out of Toronto, and this guy will be run out of San Francisco. By the way, good job Chris on turning thousands into Ravens fans.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 30, 2013 3:54:17 PM


  24. The joke's on him, I think.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jan 30, 2013 3:54:48 PM


  25. WHAT A (CAVE)MAN.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Jan 30, 2013 3:55:24 PM


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