49ers cornerback Chris Culliver wraps his arms around Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the NFC Championship game. / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
While several of his San Francisco 49ers teammates said the sexuality of a gay ex-teammate wouldn't have mattered in the locker room, cornerback Chris Culliver took a very different tack at Tuesday's Super Bowl media day.
Television host Artie Lange played a clip from the morning's festivities on his show Tuesday night that certainly won't be earning the backup second-year cornerback any GLAAD media awards.
Via Yahoo! Sports:
"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "I don't do that. 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."
Culliver's comments ought to draw attention from team executives and prominent figures in the Bay Area in general. The 49ers became the first NFL team to join the online "It Gets Better" anti-bullying campaign aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths back in August.
The 24-year-old University of South Carolina product kept the tolerance train rolling Wednesday morning, tweeting a demeaning comment about female menstrual cycles.
Boy I wake up to a mean txt females in general just be -- well let me just say they be on there PERIOD!! #1 love is mom dudes!!! Period
If Culliver ends up having to apologize for either of these comments, let's hope he adds middle school grammar teachers to the list of those he offended.
As for the 49ers, they're clearly unhappy with the cornerback and released the following statement: "The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."
UPDATE: Culliver issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for his remarks. "The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. 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."
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