49′ers: We don’t want the gays playing in the NFL
49′ers linebacker Chris Culliver apparently doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. The footballer spoke to (via Y! News) the media this afternoon sparking controversy over comments about gays inside the NFL — peticularly those on his own team.
“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,” and “can’t be in the locker room,” he said. The comments quickly drew criticism, the round-up:
- The apology was “half-hearted” and “bizarre,” writes Gary Myers in the New York Daily News, noting that the 49ers were the first team to join the “It Gets Better” program for young LGBT people. An advocate for gay people in sports calls Culliver’s initial comments “disrespectful, discriminatory, and dangerous, particularly for the young people who look up to him.”
- “There goes a year’s worth of progress for gay rights in the NFL,” notes Connor Simpson at the Atlantic Wire, pointing to a year in which Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe have taken a stand for gay rights. On top of that, former 49er Kwame Harris was outed this week after a fight with his ex-boyfriend. “So, sorry, Chris: gay players have been in your locker room before,” Simpson writes.
- It’s now clear which team to root for in the Super Bowl if you support gay rights, notes the Daily Intelligencer.
- 49ers’ Culliver apologizes for anti-gay remarks (sacbee.com)
- 49ers Cornerback Chris Culliver Is Not OK With Gay People In The NFL (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver: Gays Not Welcome in the Locker Room or the NFL (towleroad.com)
- 49ers’ Chris Culliver Says He’s Not OK With Gays In NFL (huffingtonpost.com)
- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver: ‘I don’t do the gay guys’ – not welcome on the team (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- 49ers Culliver Homophobically Says That There Aren’t Gays On The Team (lezgetreal.com)