A lot of attention was brought to all of the participants of Super Bowl XLVII in yesterday’s Media Day, but San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver brought the wrong kind of attention his way after making comments regarding homosexuals.
On a radio show, Culliver mentioned his feelings about homosexuals playing football.
“I don’t do the gay guys man,” Culliver said. “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.”
Culliver went on to say that gay athletes should keep their sexual preference a secret 10 years after their retirement from their respective sport.
I’m pretty sure that Culliver will be disciplined in some way, shape, or form by the 49ers organization, considering the fact that the Niners are one of four NFL teams a part of “It Gets Better,” an anti-bullying campaign that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teenagers.
It’s horrible enough that such comments were said, but for them to be so insensitively expressed on such a big stage only makes matters much worse. This not only brings negative attention to Culliver, but it also brings unnecessary negative attention to his entire team at the most pivotal point of their season.
I won’t be surprised to hear a response from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo before the big game. Ayanbadejo is an advocate of equal right for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders. Hopefully he will shed some light on such a dim display of ignorance.
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