Chris Culliver, 49ers Cornerback, says gay players are not welcome on NFL team.
Just days before the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers cornerback, Chris Culliver, gave an anti-gay interview with shock jock, Artie Lange.
Culliver tells Lange that he’s not OK with having gay players in the NFL especially on his 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.”
Culliver continued by saying that gays would not be welcomed in the locker room. But he said, if they don’t come out with their sexuality, he might be okay with them playing on the team.
“Yeah, come out 10 years later,” he said.
Deadspin’s Tom Ley said, “How progressive!” and mentioned that the interview with Culliver ended almost abruptly after that.
The issue with having gay players participating in professional sports had been in the news recently. This stemmed from speculation whether Notre Dame player Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend controversy was actually a cover for his sexuality.
Te’o has denied the rumours, but it has opened up the issue about sexual orientation in the NFL.
Jerome Bettis, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, said he probably played with gay players during his time with the NFL, but none of them ever came out.
“Because is so testosterone driven, it’d be really, really difficult for a gay player to really stand up and say ‘Hey, I’m gay and an NFL football player,” Bettis said.
Bettis told HuffPost Live that he believes that as long as they perform well for the team, he wouldn’t have a problem with openly gay teammates.
Former NFL player, Wade Davis, said that he knows of several gay players in the NFL today that do not want to come out because of the stigma in the league.
After Culliver’s comments, San Francisco 49ers responded with the following statement:
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any leve. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”