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San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver on Anti-Gay Remarks: 'I Apologize to Those I Have Hurt and Offended'

San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver has released a statement regarding anti-gay remarks he made in a radio interview on Tuesday, ESPN reports:

Culliver"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," he said in the statement. "It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience."

Culliver planned to formally address his remarks at a news conference during the 49ers' media availability Thursday morning, according to his personal public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.

"Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone," Palmer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "His intent was not that at all. He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong."

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  1. I don't know why people are saying the gay community is too complacent. In fact, that's not the case, and we've become a lot more aggressive in stamping out hate, coming out, speaking out and not allowing bigotry victimize us.

    And we're angry. And we're making it clear we won't stand for it. And we're gaining straight allies who see the bulls**t we put up with constantly and they're done being apathetic.

    The problem isn't with us. Sure, we need to continue to ratchet up the pressure, the aggression, the fight. We need to fight back HARD and assert ourselves in society and demand a place at the table.

    We're not the problem, though. The problem is the fact that homophobia is institutionalized in the fabric of the USA and the world. And no matter how much we fight, there simply is a lot of people out there who hate us. And who fear us. And are hating us even more so that we're open and out and honest with who we are. And if they don't hate us, they simply don't care about us. We're don't have a place at the table, yet. That's what it comes down to, people. We still do not have a place at the table.

    Is that our fault? To some extent, perhaps, we can do more. We can always do more. But ultimately, we didn't bring on this hatred that is levied against us. Society has decided it needs to sling hatred against us to keep us away from the mainstream because they don't want to share with us, and they're threatened by our existence.

    We have to be vigil. Educate. Stand up. Be heard. Awareness is key. Never let hate slide unchecked, no matter how small. We have to continue to fight and realize that with as far as we have come, we have a very long way to go. Lives are truly on the line.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 31, 2013 4:23:51 AM


  2. His handlers must think we're as stupid as he is.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 31, 2013 5:17:52 AM


  3. Francis, I hope that you aren't a white man living in the US because if you are that speech you just wrote loses *much* credence.

    Posted by: Miguel A. Mendoza | Jan 31, 2013 6:04:22 AM


  4. It's one thing (awful) to be against SS marriage, but his words go beyond marriage equality. It was nothing short of promoting segregation. I think the 49ers need to do a little better than "sorry"
    A suspension or making him actually have a press conference explaining the damage of his words would be far more effective. And actually genuine.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 31, 2013 6:52:12 AM


  5. I just heard about this story. I have to agree that when you listen to the interview, there's some serious disdain at best and hate brewing in this guys head. That he is repping a city like SF with so many historical stories of hard work by the likes of Harvey Milk and many others just frustrates me more. The city and team should hold him accountable and not accept a pretend apology he had nothing to do with.

    Posted by: Sports fanatic | Jan 31, 2013 6:56:39 AM


  6. Miguel Mandoza, get over your racism. Your disdain for white people isn't very productive in a post about promoting inclusion for all.

    Posted by: Treck | Jan 31, 2013 7:01:31 AM


  7. @ Miguel A. Mendoza
    What the hell does Francis's race have anything to do with the articulate and fantastic piece he just wrote? What? Are you one who has to insert race in every topic of convo? Because no one listens to that guy at the party.

    Posted by: Steve OKC | Jan 31, 2013 7:03:37 AM


  8. I don't even know where Miguel is going with that, but since every topic on here involving homophobia gets dragged into how awful white gays are, I'm positive he's race baiting and his anger for an entire demographic (who happen to also be LGBT) is really no different than that of the GOP toward gays. He just convinces himself because he's targeting Caucasian white people- he's entitled.

    Francis, beautifully stated.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Jan 31, 2013 7:07:15 AM


  9. He's not sorry and it's time our organizations are as hardcore challenging athletes who display homophobia as they are celebrities. Seems if an athlete says something bigoted, it's generally completely overlooked by LGBT groups. Which is crazy because that athletes bigotry is far more damaging to impressionable minds than some D list actress. Hold them to a higher standard.

    Posted by: NYC chi | Jan 31, 2013 7:10:25 AM


  10. The next 48 hours can either be a stellar moment in sports history by the owners of a city largely LGBT friendly, or they can try to bury this under a rug. I sincerely hope the 49ers do what is right and make a more prominent display of how they disagree with Culliver's commentary. A crafty sorry on paper isn't really it.

    Posted by: Michelle | Jan 31, 2013 7:12:59 AM


  11. His apology literally made NO sense. That first sentence makes zero sense. I love that they never actually own up to their homophobia in their apology.

    Posted by: Klien | Jan 31, 2013 7:27:52 AM


  12. Not to defend Miguel's comments, but the "race baiting" happened long before he said that. In all 3 articles about this Culliver guy, the "black..." comments are very conspicuous.

    Every time a story of homophobia is posted here that involves someone of color as the perpetrator, the comments section becomes very large and littered with haughty and condescending "that's just what they used to say to black people..."-type remarks…or…flat-out racist gestures and epithets that generalize the black community as a whole.

    In the meantime, though, I never see any racially-based comments, jabs, analogies or the same level of anger displayed when the story is about a white homophobe, and the number of pages the comments sections on those articles tend to be considerably smaller because of it. Seems to me that some people here practically orgasm on sanctimoniousness and/or vitriol when it comes to "black homophobia," thinking that it gives them justification for going off on a tangent in that regard. Tit-for-tat bigotry seems to be the name of the game here (and at most gay blogs.)

    Posted by: CS9 | Jan 31, 2013 7:34:05 AM


  13. His apology is taken right from the NFL/AFL bible of apologies. They sit around and say "Pick one and we'll print it as yours." That thing must be endless. Not falling for it here. He's a CREEP. I hope they lose this one. No wonder gays don't come out in most professional sports, let alone football. It's full of uneducated homophobes. Maybe in their contract they should include that often times they will be in a locker room full of gays and women just so they know ahead of time. And the pats on the ass, no, that's not gay! We (gays)could never get away with such a thing in public, yet they can do it in front of millions.

    Posted by: JT | Jan 31, 2013 8:11:02 AM


  14. He had to read his comments on paper before he realized they were hateful? Can't he speak and hear at the same time? You'd think athletes would have taken a cue from their fellow pros and learned from their mistakes.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 31, 2013 8:17:32 AM


  15. As crudely stated as his initial sentiments were, he brings up a point that your advocates need to explain/teach to us.

    Posted by: | Jan 31, 2013 8:30:42 AM


  16. Apology not withstanding, he brings up a point that your advocates need to explain to us. Straight men generally dont share locker rooms with women. Its not that all straight guys are predators but rather because some might be and also women dont want to have to be dealing with gawkers while they dress. Surely theres titillation there for gay men sharing locker rooms with other men? Can you understand that some may worry about not just the risk of sexual violence (from the few sickos) but whether we are be

    Posted by: Apollo | Jan 31, 2013 9:02:23 AM


  17. In California, an individual employee of a firm can be held financially responsible for the creation of a hostile work environment. I'd love to see other 49er's sue this stupid bastard into poverty.

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 31, 2013 9:54:43 AM


  18. Can.
    His.
    Ass.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jan 31, 2013 10:07:00 AM


  19. Dude must have had a crash course in English and a divine infusion of vocabulary to come up with that statement of apology. The statement may have come from his heart (or more likely the 49'ers public relations team), but there's no mistaking what bigoted thoughts are still in his brain.

    Posted by: Mitch | Jan 31, 2013 10:14:56 AM


  20. Well, for those enquiring abt. the team, remember who they hired as a coach (and I say this as a life long Michigan Wolverine fan

    http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/stanford-coach-harbaugh-caught-screaming-fggot-on-the-field.html

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jan 31, 2013 10:34:10 AM


  21. He doesn't even know what half those words mean, much less the ability to use them in a sentence. So transparent.

    Posted by: Brett | Jan 31, 2013 10:41:18 AM


  22. Ironic, since he totally looks gay.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 31, 2013 11:25:37 AM


  23. "My bad, my bad. What I said was hella ratchet. You know I get all stunt queen when I sip. Imma say my sorries."

    Through in some spelling mistakes and a Bible verse and it would've been way believable

    Posted by: MikeSin | Jan 31, 2013 11:41:48 AM


  24. *Throw
    (victim of my own cattiness)

    Posted by: MikeSin | Jan 31, 2013 11:45:01 AM


  25. the thoughts in his head are not how he feels...I do believe that is called schizophrenia

    Posted by: RandyN | Jan 31, 2013 11:51:41 AM


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