San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver is in the headlines because of controversial comments that he had made regarding homosexual players. Culliver spoke with Artie Lang at Super Bowl XLVII Media Day and revealed his thoughts on homosexuals in NFL locker rooms.
His thoughts were mind-boggling and completely inappropriate.
“I don’t do the gay guys man,” Culliver said, according to Yahoo. “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.”
As you can expect, Culliver’s comments have been scrutinized and created an uproar — and rightfully so. Whether or not you truly have such hateful comments, you should keep them to yourself and not speak out on a platform like Super Bowl Media Day.
Culliver has felt some of the backlash from his comments and issued an apology.
“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” Culliver said. “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.”
The 49ers quickly separated themselves from Culliver’s comments immediately after he made them, so there is no surprise that Culliver issued a quick apology. The apology seems like it was written by a representative of Culliver — especially when you read some of the posts on his Twitter account — but at least the apology came.
It was the least Culliver could have done after his asinine comments from media day.