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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. Some people enjoy being pissed off. All this forced outrage does is cause martyrdom and people wanting to rush to his defense just to be contrary.

    Posted by: Roger S. | Jan 31, 2013 12:25:44 PM

  2. @John,

    Obviously, they gave him his degree. He isn't the only one, and no there are plenty of non-black versions of him, so this isn't a 'racist' comment.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 31, 2013 12:25:52 PM

  3. Well, I did say that in my previous comment that TR ate up.

    Now mind you, not every comment here like that is a troll comment

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Jan 31, 2013 12:27:00 PM

  4. Man you white guys are just as bigoted as chris is, throwing around the n-word just because you mad and want revenge so hey i'ma offend all african americans to be equal. Hate plus hate never solves the problem

    Posted by: Larry | Jan 31, 2013 12:30:55 PM


    Yes, there are plenty of non-black versions of Culliver, but I notice that the level of anger usually isn't quite as extreme when they get reported on...

    Posted by: CS9 | Jan 31, 2013 12:32:53 PM

  6. A reporter asked the question and Culver gave an honest answer. Why ask the question if you want him to lie and give a polically correct response. What good does it do to hear lies that the locker room is free from discrimination when it's not? His response indicates we still have work to do. You shouldn’t fine people for providing us with information.

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 31, 2013 12:44:04 PM

  7. @CS9,

    I hear you, and think many gays and others [especially 'progressives'] automatically think black people should be uber P.C. and are especially outraged when some aren't. I personally don't place any special above and beyond onus on black people to uber P.C. or 'progressive'. In fact, I find that to be a pretty genuinely racist way of thinking.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 31, 2013 1:00:38 PM

  8. He shouldn't be fired or suspended. I don't even think he should be fined; that sort of thing should only happen when a COC violation happens on the court/field.

    Look, he said something stupid, was forced to retract his statements and apologize. In the meantime the 49s publicly denounced his comments, asserting that his remarks weren't the philosophy of the organization. That's enough. Let it go.

    Keep picking and picking at this and what's gonna happen is folks are gonna start feeling sorry for this guy and rushing in to defend him. Right now everyone can agree that he was a jerk for saying what he did. The longer this subject continues, the sooner it'll morph into a tacky debate over free speech.

    Posted by: Matt Kuksa | Jan 31, 2013 1:02:42 PM

  9. I am inclined to "hear" him when he says seeing his comments in writing made him think. We know these NFL and NBA players often come up through environments where homophobic slurs are tossed off with no real directed meaning. Unlearning predjudice is a process. I say we accept his apology and move on.

    Posted by: Terry | Jan 31, 2013 1:18:39 PM

  10. he is stupid and insensitive, but he was just merely expressing what he believes...we cannot censure everybody for what they believe and what they honestly stand for...nope...

    Posted by: mon | Jan 31, 2013 1:19:44 PM

  11. PLEASE his comments could also be seen as threatening:
    No gay on THIS team...if so they better get up out of here...or what?
    No it seems that the It Get's Better video was just PR for the team cause they are in SF and they gotta do it...i mean the pressure was there.
    I must have missed where his team mates condemned his hate speech and he should have also apologized to his team cause his comments make them look like they would kill any queer who might be on their team.
    Bottom line: this wasn't a marriage equality question or civil rights this was no gay is welcome on this team and they better not be here or else.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 31, 2013 2:45:13 PM

  12. suspending him is just stupid. what ego to think all should have a warm and fuzzy feel for gay folk. it is much better that he spoke his mind and we know our enemy.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 31, 2013 4:30:14 PM

  13. Had he said that about ANY other demographic or minority group...HE WOULD BE SUSPENDED!


    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Jan 31, 2013 7:24:17 PM

  14. If a gay athlete said what he said about a black athlete, he wouldn't only be suspended, he'd be instantly fired, banned from the sport, and banned from getting a job. Homophobia? meh, it's cool. Racism? OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!
    Amazing double standard.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jan 31, 2013 7:25:12 PM

  15. His teammates came out and said they didn't know they were doing the It Gets Better campaign for gay teenagers, and weren't sure if they would do it if they knew prior that it was for gay kids.

    This team has a lot of explaining to do for an LGBT fan base that has supported them for far too long.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Jan 31, 2013 7:26:22 PM

  16. There needs to be SOMETHING done. I don't know if it's suspension but the 49ers making some manufactured apology and writing it for him isn't enough. Seriously, and especially now that a few fellow 49er players are coming out and questioning why they participated in the 'It Gets Better' campaign- which is disgusting that they would even go there or question their participation. The higher ups have got some cleaning to do and they can start with either a press confrence or something, but that little letter written by an intern ain't enough.

    Posted by: Siox | Jan 31, 2013 7:29:30 PM

  17. His comments were beyond homophobic, they specifically advocated discrimination and yeah, they do need to do more than just say "welp, sorry"

    Posted by: T.J | Jan 31, 2013 7:30:18 PM

  18. As others noted, considering it's San Francisco, a town that has so much history with LGBT movement and our cause and our pains, there's another element to this that the team really should consider. I mean, this is a city that prides itself in our diversity and especially our great LGBT contributors, and his words were an attack. Point blank. So either the team does something about it, beyond a generic apology letter, or their sorta an extension of him and supporting it. Actions speak much louder than words.

    Posted by: Junior | Jan 31, 2013 7:32:08 PM

  19. Look at the trolls on here defending him. LOL.

    There's more trolls on the comments section of this site than there are gay men.

    Posted by: hdhfr | Jan 31, 2013 7:34:00 PM

  20. Leave him alone? PLEASE.

    You homophobe pieces of dirt resent that the gay community grew a spine after years of trashing and throwing us around. WE WON'T TAKE IT NO MORE. And will MOST CERTAINLY hold irresponsible bigots accountable. Don't like it? don't be a homophobe

    Posted by: Max | Jan 31, 2013 7:34:54 PM

  21. It's amazing the same people defending him in these comments are the same people taking issue with so called gay racism. They see homophobia as passable and acceptable, especially by a person in the public eye, but are livid over some perceived racist comments.
    Proof that the people who scream racism the loudest are always the biggest homophobes.

    Posted by: Truth | Jan 31, 2013 7:41:01 PM

  22. Typical posters defending him. They turn this into a race war, targetting white gay posters, and want to defend their little black hero.

    Posted by: K.L | Jan 31, 2013 7:41:30 PM

  23. all these black posters defending him. HUGE problem with homophobia within the black community, especially gay black community.
    This society would be so much more advanced on our rights without them.

    Posted by: Gay Dad | Jan 31, 2013 7:43:22 PM

  24. He's a ghetto thug from a ghetto cave, and only reason his homophobia is getting a pass is because he's black.

    Posted by: Iota | Jan 31, 2013 7:43:47 PM

  25. The same posters defending him would be outraged if a gay person said the word ...n igger. They only value their civil rights. They don't and never could care about anyone else's. Heck, they stand in the way of our rights consistently.

    Posted by: Michelle | Jan 31, 2013 7:46:12 PM

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