San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is making headlines for some homophobic comments he made in a recent radio interview with Artie Lange and the 49ers organization is making it known that they do not agree with Culliver's opinion. Reps for the 49ers are quoted as saying the organization "rejects" Culliver's comments.
"There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community," the rep said.
When Lange asked Culliver if gay players would be welcome on the team, the cornerback said, "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that."
Lange went on to ask the cornerback if any of his teammates were gay, to which he responded, "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."
Culiver also said that if a gay player were to make it to the NFL he should keep his sexuality quiet from the other players and keep quiet about it for 10 years after that.
Already several members of the 49ers team have spoken about their support of gay players. Coach Jim Harbaugh even gave his own opinion:
“I ask all players to play through their own personality and be who they are. What you ask of a player is to be a great teammate and be a good player. My expectations would be the same. Personally, there’s no discrimination in my heart.”
Several players, including linebacker Larry Grant and cornerback Tarell Brown, echoed Coach Harbaugh's thoughts.
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