NFL Player: Gays Aren’t Welcome on My Super Bowl-Bound 49er Team
The Super Bowl is an event that millions of Americans look forward to every year. But according to one player in this year's game, not everyone would be welcome on his team.
San Francisco 49er cornerback Chris Culliver, who will play in this Sunday's Super Bowl, was asked in an interview with comedian Artie Lange on January 29 whether they are any gay players on his team.
"No, we don't got no gay people on the team," Chris responded. "They gotta get up out of here if they do."
"Can't be with that sweet stuff," he continued. "Nah … can't be … in the locker room, man. Nah."
Chris added that a retired player should wait at least a decade after leaving the league before coming out of the closet.
"Gotta come out 10 years after that," he said.
A rep for Chris's team says the 49ers organization "rejects" his comments.
The following day, Chris issued an apology for his comments. "The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," he said in a statement. "It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly."
The 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Or, as we prefer to think of it, a lot of big guys will run around on a field in between a bunch of really funny commercials.
And let's hope Chris stays away from a microphone for a little while.