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Signorile: NFL Must Suspend Chris Culliver for Anti-Gay Remarks

Mike Signorile says the NFL must suspend Chris Culliver:

CulliverThe NFL and many of its officials as well as many team owners, managers and coaches, have gone to great lengths in condemning homophobia and saying it would be fine for a player to come out as gay, that he'd be accepted and welcome. But statements like this, if they go unpunished, make all of that look like window dressing, as no player is going to even think about coming out...

...This cannot stand. The 49ers and the NFL need to take action and send a strong message. John Aravosis at Americablog points out that the 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs just last month for making derogatory comments about his bosses. Are the team management saying they take it seriously when they, themselves, are insulted, but not when closeted gay players and gay fans are treated to bigoted, offensive remarks?

If there is no suspension, the message from the NFL to young people, amid continued reports of suicide by LGBT youth who experienced bullying, is that it's okay for sports players and everyone else to attack gays and demand they stay closeted and living in shame. If there are no repercussions, the NFL's words about support and acceptance of gay athletes and fans are completely empty.

Earlier updates...
Outed Former SF 49er Kwame Harris Denounces Culliver's Anti-Gay Remarks [tr]
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. Culliver's insensitive and downright stupid homophobic comments makes one wonder if the 49ers "It Gets Better" campaign video was just for show or for real. If the latter, I hope the team and/or the NFL consider his dumbassness seriously by taking consequential action against him and his big mouth!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 31, 2013 10:17:38 AM

  2. Dumb scum. Even if he feels that way it was SO stupid to broadcast it to everyone. Methinks the lady doth protest too much? I have never watched the Superbowl. Won't now.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 31, 2013 10:22:25 AM

  3. Suspend him. That will teach him a lesson to sit out on the Super Bowl.

    Posted by: N | Jan 31, 2013 10:24:14 AM

  4. Censure him. Don't tell commissions how to punish Michael, you are a radio host.

    Your point is that non-insult based gay hate needs to be nipped in the bud.

    Some disapproval that imperils his career is needed. Like when a company sends a troubled employee to a harassment seminar. But if you want your complaint taken seriously, don't muddy your point by jumping in too far. Your grievance is legitimate and if he hasn't been censured then the NFL has a massive HR gap that your issue may address.

    Posted by: Fensox | Jan 31, 2013 10:28:36 AM

  5. I agree and applaud Signorile for speaking out and demanding that Culliver be suspended. He's entirely right. If the NFL does nothing then they are never to be trusted. Fine Culliver big. Slap an immediate suspension on him - SuperBowl or not. His words have put a pall over all of the Forty-Niners and I'm a native San Franciscan. I was so embarrassed and hurt by his words that a game I have been greatly anticipating suddenly dropped down on my desire to see list. Culliver needs to be removed from the NFL entirely.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 31, 2013 10:38:18 AM

  6. Ridiculous. He's just saying what he thinks, what most people like him believe.

    If you're embarrassed and hurt by his words, you're an idiot. Grow some balls.

    The team and the NFL officials have already condemned the remarks, you drama queens need to go out there and get yourselves some lives.

    The over reacting to this is what's embarrassing, what a bunch of sissies you all are.

    Culliver is the perfect representative of his kind. He is what he is.

    Posted by: Buckie | Jan 31, 2013 10:50:15 AM

  7. @Buckie
    If we all believed like you do, there would be no black players in the NFL. There would be no right to marry outside of your race. Women would not have the right to vote or own land. Do you want to go back to that kind of America? I DO NOT!

    Posted by: Jayson | Jan 31, 2013 10:55:12 AM

  8. His kind? WTF is wrong with you? Do you not read? how can you type such a terrible paragraph?

    And if you think of anyone as a representative of a "kind" you are a racist.

    Posted by: Fensox | Jan 31, 2013 11:00:42 AM

  9. If some white player from the 49ers (are there any white players?) made a public comment about n*gg*ers on the team I'd be curious to see how management/owners reacted, not to mention how Buckie would react.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 31, 2013 11:03:32 AM

  10. Buckie,

    I'm not embarrassed at all by his words.I think he's an idiot though because it's very likely he IS playing alongside other gay players.

    He's allowed to say whatever he wants and be the perfect example of whatever he is, but there are still consequences. And the team and the NFL have a right and duty to punish language and actions that impact teamwork.

    Posted by: rustytrawler | Jan 31, 2013 11:09:21 AM

  11. "If some white player from the 49ers (are there any white players?) made a public comment about n*gg*ers on the team I'd be curious to see how management/owners reacted, not to mention how Buckie would react."

    Difficult to say, Oliver. I mean, I don't know how they would react to a White 49er's comment,

    "Dang, we couldn't win without these n.ggers on our team. Thank the Lord for n.ggers!"

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 31, 2013 11:14:32 AM

  12. @D.F.P.
    "I don't do the gay guys man," Culver told radio host Artie Lange.

    how do you think this would go over?

    I don't do the n*gg*er guys man, Akers told radio host Artie Lange.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 31, 2013 11:20:02 AM

  13. Doubt that will happen. Someone here please explain why his locker room concerns are invalid? Women dont share space with men and especially not large professional athletes. Not just (rightly) for their personal comfort and saftey but also to avoid the guys being distracted. Why should this principle not apply to gay athletes?

    Posted by: guest | Jan 31, 2013 11:21:12 AM

  14. Another day, another idiot athlete saying something horribly offensive. These lame apologies are meaningless, coming every other day. "Gosh, I didn't know!" they say mere minutes after another idiot athlete apologized. I'm with Mr. Signorile: unless these men are fined and suspended from games, these offensive idiocies will continue.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jan 31, 2013 11:25:50 AM

  15. Leave the man alone. He gave you an apology. No matter how insincere it might have sounded, he still was made to eat crow for spouting off the way he did. Not everyone would have. Do you think a Ted Nugent type would have ate his words just because some found them offensive? This is just a case of some bitter, vengeful people vindictively wanting see someone drug out into the town square and publicly flogged because they said something that they didn't like. Society has become way too thin skinned and hypersensitive when it comes to sh*t like this. I'm all for the 49ers disciplining him, but I hope that it's all done behind the scenes. The public doesn't need to be indulged.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 31, 2013 11:27:41 AM

  16. "'I don't do the gay guys man,'" Culver told radio host Artie Lange.

    how do you think this would go over?

    I don't do the n*gg*er guys man, Akers told radio host Artie Lange.

    Same answer, Oliver. They would think David Akers was doing a Gay rap song.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 31, 2013 11:27:49 AM

  17. Oh the irony of throwing racial slurs on a gay website complaining about homophobia! This white straight man is extremely amused at the degree of stupidity. Seriously though someone please answer my question posted above so I can get the f.uc.k out of here.

    Posted by: guest | Jan 31, 2013 11:31:18 AM

  18. Max, you really think it was him giving the apology? Too many long words and proper grammar in it for his ability.

    Posted by: Qiki | Jan 31, 2013 11:32:12 AM

  19. He's a moron, and by the sounds of it, semi-literate at best. Unless they have specific rules that he agreed to in his contract about speaking out like he did [this could include something vague, like embarrassing the team/NFL] I doubt they can suspend him or even fine him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 31, 2013 11:34:25 AM

  20. Overkill. He said something stupid and mean, the public reacted, the 49ers denounced him, and Culliver recanted and apologized. It's over. Stop wanting a pound of flesh over peoples' mere comments. Stop acting like you need other people to validate you. Learn how to forgive and move on.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 31, 2013 11:38:55 AM

  21. From reading his Twitter account, I'm shocked that he graduated college.

    Posted by: John | Jan 31, 2013 11:45:03 AM

  22. Should not be suspended and from the superbowl at that? thats overkill. Give him a fine and move on...we have free speech for a reason and it should not have been said but suspending is overkill.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 31, 2013 12:04:49 PM

  23. "JAYSON" - "his kind", as in big dumb, young, jocks with their heads up their butts. Try taking yours out of yours sometime, moron.

    Posted by: Buckie | Jan 31, 2013 12:12:36 PM

  24. well, towleroad ate my comment so thank you derrick...I am so unimpressed by all of these outraged white queens wanting to throw arounf the if anything would make both Culliver AND Kwame harris kick y'all lily white gay asses, that would do it...and I wouldn't lift a finger to stop it.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Jan 31, 2013 12:15:29 PM


    You should know TR is full of trolls and shills.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 31, 2013 12:24:20 PM

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