Superbowl media day is usually a time for sports reporters to get standard quotes from players and coaches about how much they’re anticipating the big game. But San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis have made media day more interesting than in previous years. Lewis spent his time with the press denying that he ever took deer antler spray, and Chris Culliver wasted his media day by telling a reporter that he has no affinity for gay teammates.
Radio personality Artie Lange shared portions of his interview with Culliver on his radio show that night, during which Culliver insisted that any gay players would not be welcome on the team:
“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. Come out 10 years later after that.”
When Lange asked whether a gay play would need to keep his s*xuality secret, Culliver answered, “Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.”
The 49ers released a statement Wednesday in response to Culliver’s remarks.
“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 issued his own apology on Wednesday.
“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” Culliver said in a statement. “It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”
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