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San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver Visits The Trevor Project as Follow-Up to Apology for Anti-Gay Remarks: PHOTO

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San Francisco 49er cornerback Chris Culliver, who made headlines in the days leading up to the Super Bowl when he told radio host Artie Lange that gays were not welcome in the locker room or the NFL, tweeted a photo this afternoon from the offices of The Trevor Project, the leading suicide resource and hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Wrote Culliver, who appears to be getting educated on the topic: "Great time at LGBTQ the Q is for (question)"

The visit is a follow-up on a promise Culliver made along with his apology, that he would be attending an educational training program at the organization to learn about the difficulties faced by youth who bear the brunt of anti-gay remarks, bullying, and rejection from society.

Said Culliver last month:

"As an African American male, I should know better. Hate and discrimination have a lasting effect, and words matter. I also have a responsibility to myself, and especially to my young fans to be a better role model. The kids who look up to me and other athletes are the future of our country, and our future deserves better than fear, hate and discrimination... I was wrong, and I want to learn how to make it right. That's why I reached out to an organization called The Trevor Project... No child should ever feel like they are less than anyone else, and God has put me through this storm so I can learn from my mistakes and help make sure no child has to feel that way, again."

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  1. Give me a flying flipping break. Could this not be a bigger insult to the LGBT community?

    Here's what he originally said:

    "Ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff,"

    He has NO grasp on the basic concept nor understanding of proper grammar and all of a sudden he comes out with a statement that is composed of perfect English?

    Can we for once NOT forgive people? Sure, I understand if you're in the middle of a heated moment and you reference someone via the f-word but this was hardly some heat of the moment comment. His PR team is trying their hardest to do damage control and I, for one, am sick of allowing some obvious, ignorant homophobe, who can't deal with his own queerness, get off scott free.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 4, 2013 10:37:54 PM


  2. First, it was obviously written by someone else. To quote a musical, "Her English is too good, he said, which clearly indicates that she is foreign. While others are instructed in their native language, English people aren't."

    Literary quotes aside, if you look at the original video, it is apparent that Chris Culliver was set up. The interviewer first asked him about the "ladies" and got him into "locker room banter" mode. It's possible that the way he expresses himself, ungrammatical as it is, includes some level of hyperbole just to make his teammates laugh, as they know he is not being completely serious and that he lacks the sophistication to be outrageous in the way Alan Lerner (following George Bernard Shaw) was. But, say something like that out of context to a reporter, and you are going to end up in a lot of trouble. And he certainly did. I'd image he wasn't being serious when said that a gay guy shouldn't come out until 10 years after leaving the team. If you knew he always exaggerated, you might just roll your eyes, but if you hear that out of context, it is going to sound really, really bigoted.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 5, 2013 12:05:55 AM


  3. I'm glad he did this. But the real test is how he acts in the next 1-3 years. Hope he does learn really change.

    Then reporter can ask him his opinion "live" without his PR person. That will be the only way to find out if he really has changed.

    Posted by: FunMe | Mar 5, 2013 1:21:08 AM


  4. As another commentator posted...THIS kids is why it's important to hold homophobia accountable. It leads to change. Or at least action and willingness to change. You can't expect change when you excuse or ignore the homophobia you witnessed.

    Posted by: Derek L. | Mar 5, 2013 1:42:56 AM


  5. I'm glad we have people on our side who challenge the societal homophobia which would have gone unnoticed, or been encouraged 20 years ago. We've seen too many of our gay kids die in vain to let homophobia be an accepted element of life.
    One love.

    Posted by: IonMovies | Mar 5, 2013 1:44:05 AM


  6. Of course he should have done this. We live in a world where in the town next to ours, a gay child killed himself because of relentless bashing from his fellow teamates on his football team. Having a huge football athlete say he can't stand being in the professional presence of gay people is DAMAGING, DANGEROUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE, and I'm hopeful with this experience at Trevor Project, this athlete realizes that.
    There's too much at stake, like actual lives of youth, to just let reckless homophobia by media figures go unnoticed. Not in a world where there should be room for everyone at the table.

    Posted by: Mullin | Mar 5, 2013 1:47:49 AM


  7. @ Michael
    I do agree that the gay community has become almost immune toward homophobia, even pronounced homophobia, and we're almost complacent in accepting any apology from anyone who displays anti gay comments and actions. But I will say, when someone takes actual ACTION, like this man did....then I'm more prone to think they are on the road to bettering their bigotry. Meeting with the Trevor Project, an organization VERY dear to many LGBT people is definetely a good sign.

    I for one don't accept apologies. I accept action. Apologies mean crap to me at this point, because they are all manufactored. But if you meet with gay youth, or go work with an LGBT organization, or champion a gay rights commitee, then you're on the right path.

    I do agree that we should require more than just a "woops! sorry gays."

    Posted by: Alejandro | Mar 5, 2013 1:55:09 AM


  8. The 49ers should have benched him, just like they would have if someone said something bigoted about an ethnic group or gender. The fact that they didn't tells you all you need to know. Glad they're leaving San Francisco.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 5, 2013 2:03:18 AM


  9. It absolutely DOES matter whose words they are. Try again using your own

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 5, 2013 2:24:17 AM


  10. I think what bothers me most about this whole thing is not Culliver's original comment, or the possibility that someone else wrote the apology, but the very bitter cynicism that some commenters are expressing about what is an obvious act of contrition. I have to wonder what's happened to you in your lives that makes you think everyone is lying to you.

    The man made a genuine apology, no dodging, no excuses, and a promise to do better. (And how often does that happen?) It doesn't matter who wrote it -- he obviously wanted to get it right. And he's following up. What is the problem with that?

    Posted by: Hunter | Mar 5, 2013 6:42:24 AM


  11. He didn't write that apologie for sure, but at least he is going far beyond the usual "if someone was offended".
    He is not the most educated guy in sports (but i don't think he is that far from the average), but at least he seems to understand that something was wrong in what he said, and he is doing something to correct it.

    Is it a way to appease the media? Maybe, but others said worse things than him and didn't do anything at all, simply waited and let the outrage pass.

    I will give him the benefit of the doubt, and maybe it will be something positive of this whole story

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 5, 2013 6:54:17 AM


  12. This is a nice PR stunt. Nothing more.

    Is 8 hours at the Trevor Project the ONLY punishment he will face.

    The refusal by his team to hold him accountable speaks volumes.

    He SHOULD have been benched and fined by his team for bringing his sport into disrepute.

    He wasn't.

    He must be laughing at how easy it is to get away with homophobia.

    The Trevor Project really should not allow themselves to get dragged into these meaningless PR stunts.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 5, 2013 5:46:43 PM


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