San Francisco 49ers second-year cornerback Chris Culliver has gone from a man that spouted out controversial remarks about homosexuals in the NFL to a man that will give his free time to help gay and lesbian youth. Culliver apologized for his irresponsible comments and has decided to help out with the community he offended.
Culliver will be working with “The Trevor Project,” per the Mercury News.
“The Trevor Project” and Culliver will come together after Super Bowl XLVII to learn more about suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth communities.
“We really feel that education about LGBT youth and the challenges they face is a great way to get (Chris) started on the right path, especially since he’s a role model and there are kids all over the country with his poster on their wall, his jersey – his fans that take his words and actions to heart,” said Lauren McGinnis, the communications director for The Trevor Project.
Culliver’s homophobic remarks hit close to home. Culliver has a homosexual cousin, Andrew Brown, who is director of the documentary “Word Is Out” about gay and lesbian directors.
“Brown has come forward in support of Chris and his efforts to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary,” read a press release from The Trevor Project.
It’s great to see Culliver stepping up and taking responsibility for his actions. Hopefully the education he receives will open his mind and allow him to avoid any inappropriate comments moving forward.