There has never been an openly gay player in the NFL and if San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has his way, there never will be.
Culliver told shock jock Artie Lang:
“I don’t do the gay guys man. 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.”
OK, so its pretty clear that Culliver isn’t a fan of sharing the lockerroom with a homosexual. But what if one of his teammates is already gay? What would he do then? Culliver said that current gay NFL players, if there are any, should wait 10 years before coming out.
“Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.”
The NFL is still waiting for its first openly gay player but the league has seen some closeted players in the past. Earlier this week Kwame Harris was outed after he was arrested following an altercation with his boyfriend. The league also has a few very vocal supporters of gay marriage. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe are both outspoken activists for gay rights.
The San Francisco 49ers also said that they disagree with Culliver’s comments.
The 49ers said:
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], 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.”
Culliver hasn’t apologized for his comments but he has issued a statement that could alienate another major chunk of the US population: women.
What do you think of Chris Culliver’s comments?