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49ers “reject the comments” made by Chris Culliver


The extra cameras and microphones about during Super Bowl week always seem to turn up unexpected stories and this year is no exception.

49ers cornerback Chris Culliver’s become an unlikely focus of attention on Wednesday thanks to comments he made on a radio show Tuesday. Culliver said that he would not welcome a gay teammate and said he thought players who were gay should wait until long after they’re retired before revealing that part of themselves. There’s been a quick condemnation of Culliver’s insensitive and homophobic remarks from many corners, including Culliver’s employers.

The 49ers released a statement Wednesday afternoon that was much more in line with the 49ers’ past support for anti-bullying campaigns directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth.

“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 level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

The normal cycle of these things calls for an apology from Culliver. We’d expect to hear one on Thursday at the latest. The condemnation from the 49ers and so many others mean more for making sure the NFL is inclusive of all people, though.

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69 Responses to “49ers “reject the comments” made by Chris Culliver”
  1. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 30, 2013 6:23 PM

    Okay back to practice everybody. Let the coaches handle the media.

  2. thisonesforpat says: Jan 30, 2013 6:45 PM

    Wait. What?

  3. ud1hens says: Jan 30, 2013 7:02 PM

    Probably not the smartest comment to make considering you play in San Francisco.

  4. sammykbuck10 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    I am amazed at the dog and pony show that is the Super Bowl media coverage

  5. canetic says: Jan 30, 2013 7:37 PM

    Will he throw the “misquoted” card, the “misunderstood” card, or the “I only used adderall once” card? Place your bets.

  6. demolition510 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    Here comes his agents’s apology. Of was his quote taken out of context?

  7. demolition510 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    Here comes his agents’s apology. Or was his quote taken out of context?

  8. commonsensedude says: Jan 30, 2013 8:28 PM

    I think that his choice of words were very poor and he should apologize for that.

    Having said that, if we’re being honest, I’m pretty sure that a large number of guys in the NFL, if you were to ask them privately, wouldn’t feel completely comfortable about having a gay teammate in the locker room. So, here’s my question: if Culliver had not used those inflammatory words and simply answered the question with “no … not so comfortable,” would people still demand that he apologize? Just wondering.

  9. fuglyflorio says: Jan 30, 2013 9:01 PM

    Let me guess … Someone hacked his account.

  10. natefalkirk says: Jan 30, 2013 9:10 PM

    This is another reason to abolish the Pro Bowl, and move the Superbowl to the week after the AFC/NFC title games. Two weeks of media stupidity, pointless/irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with the Superbowl, and foolish players who don’t know enough to say nothing of substance.

  11. joe400e says: Jan 30, 2013 9:12 PM

    The percentages say there are gay players in the league Culliver. Get over it.

  12. ravanator says: Jan 30, 2013 9:13 PM

    Culliver can mind his own business! Me and Ravenator can be together if we want! Ray Ray will forgive us because we love the Ravens!

  13. jfrogo says: Jan 30, 2013 9:15 PM

    It just amazes me that people are not permitted to voice “their opinion” on anything that is politically incorrect. What Culliver said was not a politically correct thing to say but it was his opinion.

  14. richndc says: Jan 30, 2013 9:16 PM

    This idiot realizes he lives in San Francisco doesn’t he?

  15. charman11 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:22 PM

    It would be weird knowing that a teammate or 2 is openly gay I would think and have not just 1 guy walking around naked but a whole locker room full of guys and who are and for the most part in tip top shape and naked and know that that turns a teammate on for the most part.
    Like it or not. But not all would feel like it was weird maybe and be ok with it too. Anyway he is just saying he would be one of the ones who wouldn’t be comfortable with it. Gonna happen.

  16. msclemons67 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:23 PM

    The thought police got to Culliver quick. His forced apology has already been released.

  17. suttonea76 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:26 PM

    What’s the point in telling someone you are gay or straight? Coming out isn’t courageous but rather unwarranted! I don’t want to know anybody’s lifestyle to that degree!

  18. iamthefootballjerk says: Jan 30, 2013 9:27 PM

    It amazes me the number of dumb things said by players during SB week. It is like they are a dog looking at a steak on a table and not being able to resist.

  19. skinsfan91 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:31 PM

    If he said “No, not so comfortable.” He’d still be offending people, but, it wouldn’t be as bad. I still think he’d apologize. No one is making him apologize, though. That’s your own decision if you apologize.

  20. 666foles says: Jan 30, 2013 9:39 PM

    I didn’t do anything. All I said was pause. That’s not a appropriate comment?

  21. goldenperspective says: Jan 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    Good for him to stand firm in his beliefs . I hope no apalog

  22. goldenperspective says: Jan 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    Good for him to stand firm in his beliefs . I hope no apalogy is made.

  23. rcali says: Jan 30, 2013 9:46 PM

    Well, I guess the 49ers better not draft that ND linebacker.

  24. starvingardens says: Jan 30, 2013 9:57 PM

    Chris… You should know better than to give that type of response. Especially coming from a team located in San Francisco, and your team completely involved in the Anti-Bullying. Especially among the LGBT.

    Please try not to get baited like that ever again please. If you don’t know what to say… Don’t say anything.

  25. fish751 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:58 PM

    Okay! Someone in the organization needs to be in charge of keeping stupid people away from microphones.

  26. staffordsyear says: Jan 30, 2013 10:01 PM

    I miss Freedom Of Speech.

  27. noring4youstill says: Jan 30, 2013 10:03 PM

    Of course they do. It’s San Fran.

  28. grhopper says: Jan 30, 2013 10:10 PM

    Oh please, give me a break. If I had a gay teammate, I’d want to know…I wouldn’t get close to him in the showers, nor would I want him arounf my kids. The guy is just being honest. Only is San Fran is this an issue, most other NFL cities would feel the way he does. He’s welcome in Texas any time and we’d be happy to have that kind of attitude.

  29. 69finfan says: Jan 30, 2013 10:15 PM

    Velvet Deer Antler extract is making people act all crazy.

  30. moerawn says: Jan 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    I bet if this ostensibly gay teammate would give him help over the top he’d be OK with it.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 30, 2013 10:19 PM

    Wow you just lost half of your fanbase in San Francisco

  32. wgray981 says: Jan 30, 2013 10:21 PM

    Why not let your players have their own opinions.

  33. thebadguyswon says: Jan 30, 2013 10:29 PM

    What is it with the media’s need for an openly gay player and his teammates’ acceptance of him?

  34. smoothrobinva says: Jan 30, 2013 10:44 PM

    It’s no ones business what you do in your bed room but there is were it should be kept. I don’t go around saying I like 2 women in my bed! Why do guy people have to tell the world?

  35. damonpsu says: Jan 30, 2013 10:54 PM

    I would rather hear Ray Lewis rant for an extra 20 minutes than hear about ideological undertones of both Culliver and Ayanbadejo as a story line for the superbowl.

  36. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 30, 2013 10:55 PM

    Just take it in your heart! Show em Ray style, got nothin but love yo!

  37. 1historian says: Jan 30, 2013 11:17 PM

    At least he is being honest

    You guys out there – say you have a kid who is 14 and a freshman on the football team. He’s only about 5’6 145 lbs.

    There’s another guy on the team who’s about 6’5 255 lbs and he LIKES your boy. Your boy tells you about taking a shower (he’s just starting to bloom) and the big guy was standing there in the shower looking at him and getting a woody.

    How enlightened do you feel now?

    Fair question

    OMT – I’ll bet that remark went over big in the Castro district.

  38. cardsfan14 says: Jan 30, 2013 11:23 PM

    Why can’t people express their opinions anymore…

  39. balfe13 says: Jan 30, 2013 11:24 PM

    Because obviously free speech only applies when you say what is politically correct. Can a man not have an opinion that is controversial?

  40. bearclaw69 says: Jan 30, 2013 11:30 PM

    If a guy doesn’t feel comfortable with a freak in the locker room, that’s his right. And those who don’t like that can kiss his butt…oh wait, they’d probably like to do that.

  41. gregmorris78 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:23 AM

    Doesn’t that alienate a lot of 49er fans?

    Hasn’t anyone told him that the city of San Francisco is VERY popular with gay people?

  42. zn0rseman says: Jan 31, 2013 12:27 AM

    Let us all be tolerant… but only of those who say things we agree with. Right?

  43. deathonwings410 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:34 AM

    Stupid comment considering he plays for the San Francisco team and we all know SF is the Mecca of Same Sex America.

  44. sourdoughsam says: Jan 31, 2013 12:39 AM

    Well this is probably one of the worst comments a San Francisco PR person would have to address.

    Culliver’s a talented kid, but he should probably keep his mouthpiece in at all times.

  45. phreakin says: Jan 31, 2013 12:40 AM

    So he’s not allowed to express his opinion, right or wrong, and have protected free speech? Gotcha

  46. zackattack006 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:43 AM

    Perhaps since they have the Rooney Rule for black coaches, the NFL should come up with the Te’o Rule for gay coaches.

  47. beerndrums says: Jan 31, 2013 12:57 AM

    Not everyone has to be a gay lover just because the media says you should
    People can’t think for themselves anymore

  48. badintent says: Jan 31, 2013 12:58 AM

    Dr Phil” I guess that leaves out a certain LB on the Cards “

  49. paulz624 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:02 AM

    What is he to apologize for? The only difference between him and the majority of the NFL is, he said it openly how the majority feels.

  50. footballhistorian says: Jan 31, 2013 1:26 AM

    So who cares? It’s his personal opinion. It’s not like he’s said he’s going to attack anyone. He can like/dislike whomever he wants. Now, acting on that opinion in a manner which violates law is a different story.

  51. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 31, 2013 2:25 AM

    The NFL is a Brand and so are it’s football teams. If a team wants to protect their image/brand, they have every right to do so, henceforth the 49ers releasing their statement regarding bullying. If an employee says something contrary to his/hers company’s belief system, (i.e. world media stage), what’s going to happen? What would you do as the CEO?

  52. sparky151 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:19 AM

    Notice the difference in media coverage between Ravens backup LB Ayanbadejo who loudly supports gay marriage and the coverage of Ravens center Matt Birk who opposes it. You could also throw in Culliver too. Apparently he’s not allowed to have a non-PC opinion or be honest about it. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to change or shower in front of someone who is attracted to you but who you don’t feel the same about. In fact there are laws to that effect.

  53. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 31, 2013 4:33 AM

    It is not a matter of freedom of speech. He fully exercised his right of freedom of speech. What he is facing now is the consequences of his speech.

    Just because you have the freedom to express your opinion publicly does not mean you are free of the public consequences of that.

    The said, he should be big enough to stand by his word if he is going to say something like that.

  54. undraftedstar says: Jan 31, 2013 4:38 AM

    There goes the press looking for sheep. I don’t even know what that question is related to the Super Bowl.People should continue to lie all the time , it’ll make the world a better place..

  55. 1flyboy1 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:48 AM

    The comments made here more or less represent why non-heterosexual players don’t come out of the closet. Goodness gracious.

    BTW, most 49ers players have been anonymously and directly asked about this issue and said they would have no issue with an openly gay teammate. Because football is football and it’s football that matters.

    No-one said that Chris Culliver wasn’t entitled to give his opinion. But at the end of the day, he’s also not absolved from criticism for making comments that are, ultimately, offensive to millions, gay and straight alike, and especially to Bay Area citizens. Period. His comments were offensive and his comments have received backlash accordingly. Freedom of speech only means that Chris isn’t going to be legally prevented or legally prosecuted for giving his opinion. It has nothing to do with condemning him for making hateful comments.

  56. 1flyboy1 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:54 AM

    So many of you are so incredibly dense it’s unbelievable.

    “Why can’t people express their opinion!” “Isn’t he entitled to his opinion?” “Freedom of speech!”

    Whoever said he wasn’t? He is. And his opinion is wrong and being condemned accordingly.

    This is 2013. You can’t make comments like this and get away with it anymore. That doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to make the comments. It means you’re going to be shunned and criticized for doing so.

    Being anti-gay is wrong, and what Culliver said was incredibly hateful. What he did was wrong. He’s paying the price. Wrong is wrong. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  57. louhudson23 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:17 AM

    Hmmm. Posted but not seen.Multiple times.And now alerted of multiple posts ,but still not seen.Commented on another story,and immediately posted.Did I say the wrong thing?

  58. louhudson23 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:19 AM

    Changed one word…maybe that was it??
    The list of names here is very long…so blanket statement….The right to freedom of speech is protection from Government prosecution. Not from your employer, who you represent and not from fellow citizens expressing their opinion that he is an an ignorant bigot who feels that other fellow citizens should not have the right to act openly and freely and who is disparaging of other citizens friends,and family simply because he retains antiquated and ignorant opinions of someone else.. So ,to be clear.His right to free speech HAS NOT been infringed upon in any way. Understand?.Perhaps sleeping through High School U.S. Government and civics class was not such a good idea…..

  59. raidman75 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:19 AM

    why make him apologize ?? just because he plays for the niners dont mean he’s gay like all their fans !!!

  60. charman11 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:45 AM

    Whats wrong with him saying how he feels about. He isn’t alone I’m sure.

  61. thepiedpiperplaysagain says: Jan 31, 2013 8:08 AM

    This is making me root for the niners even more.

  62. wolverine69 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:38 AM

    If thats how he feels so be it. when one comes out make sure they have a separate bathroom for them…I like women so can i dress with them, i bet not….Chris has a right to his opinion.

  63. root4cleveland says: Jan 31, 2013 8:42 AM

    That’s all fine and good that they made him apologize for voicing his opinion, but I also want an apology from the likes of Ayanbandejo and other “pro-gay” athletes. Or wait…is that me not being on board?

    My point is these guys are football players and have been their entire adult lives. They’re focus is on the game. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, completely (and no matter which side of the discussions they fall on) but why do we ask these athletes to be social commentators at all? And why are only the “anti-gay” (misnomer) asked to apologize? What if I was offended by the other side’s commentary? (I’m not, FYI.) These players are not specialists in psychology, sociology, or political science. Their opinions don’t have any more weight than yours or mine, and I think any adult civilian man/woman would be pretty stoutly opposed to their employer forcing him/her to issue an apology for a statement they made when asked their personal opinion. Its pretty clear to anyone with a brain they don’t/can’t represent the views of their organization or city as a whole.

    The right to free speech is relative to government censorship, not private, but still…. If Baltimore chastised Ayanbandejo for his comments would it get the same press? Its an example of how Alper (Florio, et. al.) really do press their personal political agenda in a forum that is supposed to be about sports.

  64. stevietimmy says: Jan 31, 2013 8:42 AM

    grhopper says:
    Jan 30, 2013 10:10 PM
    Oh please, give me a break. If I had a gay teammate, I’d want to know…I wouldn’t get close to him in the showers, nor would I want him arounf my kids.

    Right. Because he might get cooties on you. Like someone has already said, “He doth protest too much methinks.”

  65. wolverine69 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:43 AM

    Yeah lets make women shower with men and act like it doesnt bother you…. get yah life. lets Have the LGBT locker…just like the president money buys silence of what you believe in…well not for real americans. Speak

  66. karla36 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:56 AM

    He’s entitled to his opinion…that being said…the ignorant (uneducated) responses on this site are amazing…educate yourselves…how narcissistic of him to think “the gay” would even find him attractive!!

  67. azarkhan says: Jan 31, 2013 9:09 AM

    Political correctness is really disgusting.

  68. bfree2k says: Jan 31, 2013 9:15 AM

    to staffordsyear and to others who think this is a violation of free speech–it’s not. This Culliver dope is not being arrested nor prosecuted for his remarks. If he were then you’d have a valid point and an ally in me and others but what has happened here is that this man’s employer being an LGBT community friend will not tolerate someone in it’s employ hurting its stand nor its brand. It’s the same reason that Imus was “fired” at NBC–he was not arrested which would have been a violation of Free Speech. Do you see the difference? Stop thinking that the right to “Free Speech” in this country grants you this wide sweeping immunity to say whatever you wish, even if it is hurtful, inflammatory or even dangerous, and there not being any repercussions from some corner.

  69. beastmode5150 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:41 AM

    Oh shocker, a Niner with no class, shocker.
    Go Hawks.

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