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Chris Culliver still apologizing, surrounded by reporters

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The Chris Culliver interrogation is ongoing as we type, with a throng of reporters surrounding the previously unknown 49ers corner after his homophobic remarks made him the hottest property at the Super Bowl since deer antler spray.

Culliver apologized profusely for his remarks to comedian Artie Lange, in which he said he would not want a gay teammate in the 49ers locker room.

Culliver said repeatedly “that’s not what’s in my heart,” and “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” and invoked a number of conversations with people close to him, from his mother to unnamed gay relatives.

But he denied that he meant harm to any current or future gay players, or to the city he works in which has a significant homosexual population.

Asked if he was concerned that he’d be forever labeled as a homophobe, Culliver shook his head quietly and said: “No . . . I mean, hopefully not, that’s why I’m doing this today.”

What he was doing was effectively the act of contrition, saying the same things over and over, and looking like a man who’d rather be anywhere else in the world.

The 49ers stationed him at a table near the edge of the hotel ballroom where interviews are being held, the same table he sat at Wednesday when no one wanted to talk to him. They did move teammate Tarell Brown, so he wouldn’t be crushed by the horde of cameras and reporters.

Other players, the 49ers’ actual stars, were at podiums nearby, with team and league logos slathered across the backdrops.

Culliver, wearing his jersey and a 49ers ski cap, was left to go it alone, repeatedly apologizing and saying he didn’t mean the thing he said, and hoping it all goes away.

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66 Responses to “Chris Culliver still apologizing, surrounded by reporters”
  1. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 31, 2013 10:10 AM

    When you say you’re sorry “if you offended anyone” what you’re really saying is the problem lies with those who were offended, not with what you said. In other words, it’s not really an apology at all.

    If anything, Culliver is sorry his bigotry is now public knowledge. But that’s about it.

  2. jazmynand says: Jan 31, 2013 10:12 AM

    Though his opinion is his own, I don’t know why he thought he wouldn’t get scrutinized for this. Idiot

  3. mgdsquiggy17 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:24 AM

    I’m sorry this is the 5th F’in article I’ve seen about this already. How great would it be if we didn’t have all this media BS and we just got to worry about the actual game?

  4. mhohmann says: Jan 31, 2013 10:25 AM

    Is anyone really offended by this? I’m offended by the media BS. Let it go.

  5. dwjmu84 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:28 AM

    Ravens fan here. Ill advised comments which he now obviously regrets (like Joe’s retarded remark). Big deal, it’s over and done with. Will the media PLEASE return to football stories?? Never thought super bowl week would feel like late October before a presidential election, but now it does. Sad.

  6. commonsensedude says: Jan 31, 2013 10:28 AM

    Man, I miss the days when the Super Bowl was about football.

    Is the issue here the words he used or is it the underlying discomfort he described? If he had simply said that he wasn’t comfortable sharing a locker room with a gay teammate, would he still need to make repeated apologies? Should all the many players who feel the same way go ahead and issue a pre-emptive apology for feeling that way? Is this going to be a question that all players get asked from now on?

  7. jgava19 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:29 AM

    Exactly, Pacific NW. He’s sorry he stuck his foot in his mouth. I so hate when people say “IF I offended”. Just say I’m sorry I offended. Drop the “IF”, you dummy.

    Funny that Harbaugh says that this guy isn’t discriminatory. Yea, ok. And neither is the KKK, you fool.

  8. asublimeday says: Jan 31, 2013 10:32 AM

    That ski hat is suspect

  9. iggles07 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    Is it really a shock to anyone that someone who is gay wouldn’t be accepted in a locker room in most if not all sports?

    He may have said it, he may be the one catching the heat, but I guarantee you most players feel the same way.

  10. mad55555 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    These people talking about 1st admendment and liberal media, need to be taught a thing or 2. Do you people understand what descriminating means? Apparently not. Instead of him saying gay put the word black people in there, and instead of him being black make him a white man. It is the same thing that was going on in sports when it was prodominately white people. Do you know what a biggot is/means? That is what he is and anyone that thinks like him. This is not a debate. Gay is NOT a choice. That is how your god made them, just like God made you ignorant.

  11. georgiavol91 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:37 AM

    It’s a free country – or at least it used to be. The man is entitled to his opinion. If some folks don’t like it, tough tittie. Get over it.

  12. paulz624 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    I played football and know the talk that goes on in the lockerroom, trust me, he didnt say anything that 99% of the guys say and feel, the only difference is, he said it in public, if people think that lifestyle is accepted or will be accepted, you obviously never played football.

  13. thrillomania says: Jan 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    Doe she realize what a gay looking hat that is he is wear? I bet he hates that hat too.

  14. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:47 AM

    Look, you gotta say something, i mean they gauranteed they would beat the niners, they said it, just sayin, wheres the throng of media over that??

  15. lionbloodwinning says: Jan 31, 2013 10:48 AM

    he’s a man that feels uncomfortable with male on male action…amen those that partake in it. not seeing how this is akin to the burning crosses of the kkk

  16. kws767 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:51 AM

    looks like he offended polesmokers around the world…

  17. jetstizzi85 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:51 AM

    I always found it odd that as humans we want others to be honest and staright forward but when they are, some people get mad. If the man feels that way so be it….how does it affect you?

  18. packersfn7 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    Chris Culliver, you are a bigot but more importantly, you are a moron. A huge portion of your fan base is lesbian and gay people–you know, the people you dislike so much. Go back to South Carolina you moron

  19. delions00 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    If he doesn’t want a gay player in the locker room, so what? It’s his viewpoint, nobody elses. Does every player in the league have to embrace the views of the gay community?

    It’s his opinion, so stop with the media butthurt with every non-PC comment.

  20. tooz72 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    just shut up and talk football..however, Artie Lange is a fat nobody who has to create controversy to stay relevant

  21. fricktacular says: Jan 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    What a pathetic society we live in..

  22. garyhofstede says: Jan 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    Why does he have to apologize? I thought we still had freedom of speech in this country!!!!!

  23. joe2jerry says: Jan 31, 2013 11:07 AM

    Watching someone get grilled by media to say something he doesn’t believe in is sad. There are other countries who use media and politics to control the thoughts and opinions of their countrymen – they have all fallen from the inside. Whether you believe him to be right or wrong this has got to scare you as an American. What if the media were extremely conservative and you are extremely liberal. Would you be ok being grilled by that media?

  24. commonsensedude says: Jan 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Is the issue here the words he used or is it the underlying discomfort he described? If he had simply said that he wasn’t comfortable sharing a locker room with a gay teammate, would he still need to make repeated apologies? Should all the many players who feel the same way go ahead and issue a pre-emptive apology for feeling that way? Is this going to be a question that all players get asked from now on?

    Man, I miss the days when the Super Bowl was about football.

  25. mad55555 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:20 AM

    Do you ignorant biggots, understand that his words are about having hatred for another human being for the way they were born? Does that not make you sick to your stomach?

  26. bharr170 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:23 AM

    Goodell needs to put a stop to this stuff. Starting next year only let football questions be asked. Seriously, you don’t need all these media clowns running a circus before the big game.

    I watch football to get away from all this stuff.

  27. bubbrister says: Jan 31, 2013 11:33 AM

    The point is this – he is a role model, whether he likes it or not, on a national stage. You just don’t say things like that which offend a huge population, regardless of your amendment rights. The 1st amendment wasn’t meant for you to run around spewing ignorance and hate. Let’s use it to actually further ourselves and grow and teach, how about that?

  28. delions00 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:37 AM

    @mad55555

    You mad bro?

    He didn’t say he hated anyone. It makes me sick to my stomach that a person can’t say a word without worrying about backlash from the universe.

    If someone told me they didn’t want a communist honkie in their locker room because I’m a Russian, I’d probably high-five them for telling the truth about how they feel.

  29. azarkhan says: Jan 31, 2013 11:45 AM

    Chris, tell the reporters who are hounding you that if they really want to show love for gay men, they should bend over and grease up, but you ain’t having it.

  30. commonsensedude says: Jan 31, 2013 11:46 AM

    “Do you ignorant biggots, understand that his words are about having hatred for another human being for the way they were born? Does that not make you sick to your stomach?”

    First of all, I don’t think anyone is defending the words that Culliver used. They were immature, insensitive and completely unnecessary.

    However, I think people are defending the idea that it’s okay for a guy to be uncomfortable about showering with a person who has a different sexual orientation. Many people feel that way and it doesn’t make someone evil because they aren’t comfortable. And it doesn’t mean that they hate gay people or anyone else. Hopefully one day you’ll understand that there is a distinct difference between hating/disliking people and being uncomfortable with/disagreeing with them.

  31. worldsgreatest says: Jan 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    Freedom of speech is not the ability to say whatever you want, whenever you want, to whomever you want.

    You want to express your opinion? Fine. Then you must take whatever criticism you garner from it. Tit for tat.

    Free speech is only valid when you take responsibility for your words.

  32. somuchintheworld says: Jan 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    will someone please wake me up when the superbowl returns to being about football?

  33. richc111 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    what happen to free speech? You have to be politically correct all the time but a person can use the stage to promote their politically correct stance. You know like that guy from Baltimore, what’s his name!. But it is also ok in the NFL to kill a guy and cover it up as long as you have good lawyers and a pose. That is ok. Ray is lucky that wasn’t a gay guy he killed. Then there would be a problem.

  34. jgava19 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:12 PM

    Stop the freedom if speech crap. He started this mess. No gay person had an agenda here, just this fool.

    Guess what. Freedom of speech doesn’t give you the right to say anything you want. I.e. terroristic threats. That will land you in jail.

  35. laserw says: Jan 31, 2013 12:17 PM

    While I support this idiot’s right to say what he wants and to prove he is in fact an idiot, as a gay man, I must say that he also has nothing to fear from us gays. We have standards. We’d not even notice him. He just better hope he never needs his hair cut or his house redecorated. Us gays can give a fabulous dish of payback. Two snaps in a z-formation.

    BTW – does this idiot understand he is playing football in the gay mecca of the west coast? He could very well get attacked by a gang of 400 pound drag queens.

  36. azarkhan says: Jan 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Democrats attack white people 24/7. Sounds like hate speech to me.

  37. manhandler1 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:23 PM

    A lot of sports players already share the locker room with a gay player……they just don’t know it. Probably 8 to 10% of males are gay or have experienced a sexual encounter with another male. Why should football be any different? It isn’t.
    The idea that gay men ogle every other male in every setting is nothing but pure ignorance. Most gay men don’t really spend a lot of time hitting on straight guys. Is every straight player focused on sex every time a female sports reporter enters the locker room? Hardly. The ones who loudly proclaim they’re afraid a gay player might hit on them must not be convinced of their ability to resist or don’t know if they would really WANT to resist.

  38. donchacho says: Jan 31, 2013 12:26 PM

    the problem is how he said. He said it in a very hateful way. If he had just said he wouldn’t be comfortable with gays in the locker room then this wouldn’t be a big deal. But when you come off as a bigot and can potentially influence others to hate, then theres a huge problem.

    Free speech isnt about promoting hatred, some of you guys blindly cling to the constitution to a fault. It was written up by slave owners and racists.

  39. 2difshoe says: Jan 31, 2013 12:30 PM

    Manti Te’o was seen consoling Culliver after the press gathering and they exchanged phone numbers.

  40. j0esixpack says: Jan 31, 2013 12:34 PM

    I support Gay Rights and Gay Marriage, but I’m not expecting NFL players to be comfortable showering with gay men any more than I would expect women to be comfortable showering with straight men.

    Culliver expressed his discomfort in a very crude and crass manner – and he deserves to be called on it.

    But we wouldn’t call a woman a bigot because she wasn’t comfortable sharing a locker room and shower with men.

  41. samdoggnl says: Jan 31, 2013 12:52 PM

    To paraphrase Shakespeare- Me thinks Chris does protest too much.

  42. azarkhan says: Jan 31, 2013 12:54 PM

    Political correctness is the enemy of free speech. It is a club of censorship used by the arrogant minority to enforce their unpopular ideas on the majority.

  43. phillybirds says: Jan 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    who cares?

  44. suckittrebek76 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:08 PM

    garyhofstede says:Jan 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    Why does he have to apologize? I thought we still had freedom of speech in this country!!!!!
    ——————————————————
    O.K. I’m getting the sense most people don’t understand our 1st amendment. NOBODY is restricting his free speech. He chose to say what he said and he chose to apologize. He didn’t have to apologize if he didn’t want to. The media is just covering the story and not restricting his speech in any way, shape, or form.

  45. tek9er says: Jan 31, 2013 1:20 PM

    Who cares if he doesn’t like gays? Must everyone absolutely love & agree with them? I mean c’mon, he was asked a loaded question and answered honestly, we can still hold unpopular opinions right?? So sick & tired of this hyper-sensitive, politically correct society. Go NINERS!!

  46. bullcharger says: Jan 31, 2013 1:23 PM

    manhandler1 says:Jan 31, 2013 12:23 PM

    A lot of sports players already share the locker room with a gay player……they just don’t know it. Probably 8 to 10% of males are gay or have experienced a sexual encounter with another male. Why should football be any different? It isn’t.
    The idea that gay men ogle every other male in every setting is nothing but pure ignorance. Most gay men don’t really spend a lot of time hitting on straight guys. Is every straight player focused on sex every time a female sports reporter enters the locker room? Hardly. The ones who loudly proclaim they’re afraid a gay player might hit on them must not be convinced of their ability to resist or don’t know if they would really WANT to resist.

    ——————–

    great post.

  47. bullcharger says: Jan 31, 2013 1:27 PM

    delions00 says:Jan 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    If he doesn’t want a gay player in the locker room, so what? It’s his viewpoint, nobody elses. Does every player in the league have to embrace the views of the gay community?

    It’s his opinion, so stop with the media butthurt with every non-PC comment.

    ——————

    You are wrong about this… It’s ok if his opinion is that it’s not ok to be gay… It’s also fine if his opinion is to not support the gay community or gay marriage. Those he is entitled to. That said, he cannot say he doesn’t want gay people on the team. That is anti-american. Evey citizen has the right to play on an NFL team if they have the talent.

  48. bullcharger says: Jan 31, 2013 1:32 PM

    richc111 says:Jan 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    what happen to free speech? You have to be politically correct all the time but a person can use the stage to promote their politically correct stance. You know like that guy from Baltimore, what’s his name!. But it is also ok in the NFL to kill a guy and cover it up as long as you have good lawyers and a pose. That is ok. Ray is lucky that wasn’t a gay guy he killed. Then there would be a problem.

    —————-

    He wasn’t being politically incorrect. He was saying that gay people aren’t welcome on the team and if they are already there they have to leave. He can’t say those things. He doesn’t have to agree with the gay community at all, he just has no right to prevent gay people from being part of an NFL team.

  49. bullcharger says: Jan 31, 2013 1:38 PM

    delions00 says:Jan 31, 2013 11:37 AM

    @mad55555

    You mad bro?

    He didn’t say he hated anyone. It makes me sick to my stomach that a person can’t say a word without worrying about backlash from the universe.

    If someone told me they didn’t want a communist honkie in their locker room because I’m a Russian, I’d probably high-five them for telling the truth about how they feel.

    ——————–

    It’s not ok to use language that would discourage or prevent citizens from being part of an NFL team. Regardless of sexual orientation or racial heritage or religion. He represents a team and a league, he’s not some idiot standing on the street.

  50. bayarea510 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:04 PM

    He probably is just ignorant and hasn’t been exposed to that lifestyle. I know a lot people on Twitter were saying how could he say something like that when is from SF?

    Newsflash…the 49er players are NEVER in SF. The 49ers practice and live in the South Bay. They live in exlcusive suburbs with Silicon Valley CEO’s, they hang out in San Jose and Santa Clara. The culture of the South Bay is very different from San Francisco.

  51. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 31, 2013 2:13 PM

    Ignorance is alive and well.

    People saying why can’t he just say what he feels? He is being straight forward and honest, why condemn him for that?

    Really? Do any of you have brains?

    He has an employer and his interview, like it or not, is associated with his role as an employee. Football players are public figures and represent their companies, sometimes even in the loosest of confines. Unfortunately, you really can’t let your guard down on controversial issues. These players are schooled on this ahead of time. So the association with his team and the league make it a big deal. The city he plays in makes it a big deal. And the league makes it a big deal. So that is why you just can’t say whatever you want. Can you on your job, say anything at all at a work event or at an event that is related to your work? Not many of us can.

    On the other side, bigot or not, he said what he did. He’s young and not very articulate. He made a bad apology. He may be bigoted. So are a lot of people. I don’t excuse it. But exposed bigots are far more preferable than those that never show their true colors.

  52. indyshepherd says: Jan 31, 2013 3:13 PM

    Let him say what he wants to say. It was still a country based on freedom of expression, the last I checked. It’s a personal opinion, even if his opinion is horrible. Who cares about what the man says? This is more about people being offended than what he actually said.

    People should find more important things to do than worry about what someone says in a locker room. If someone looked at me and said they didn’t want me around for whatever reason, then I would tell them it’s their problem, get over it. I wouldn’t run to the press and make a national news story about it. If he made a threat to harm someone, that would be different, but this is ridiculous. Let’s Play Football.

  53. indyshepherd says: Jan 31, 2013 3:25 PM

    If the 49’rs don’t like it then, they should release him and move on. If the NFL doesn’t like it, they should fine him and move on.

  54. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 31, 2013 3:49 PM

    At least now both teams have their fair share of drama to deal with before the Superbowl so it’s even.

  55. 9nersducksgiants says: Jan 31, 2013 4:09 PM

    This is ridiculous, the thing I love about sports is that it should not be about politics, current events or social issues. Oh no, somebody has a different opinion then you, get over it. If a player said he wouldn’t like to share a locker room with a polygamist would he be getting this backlash? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and all of these “pro-gay, open minded forward thinkers” how tolerant are you being because this guy has his own opinion about a (cue backlash) choice? if you don’t like it, don’t watch football, watch soccer.

  56. thecoldequation says: Jan 31, 2013 4:31 PM

    I would love to see anyone, whether it’s a celebrity or athlete, to say, “Repercussions be damned, I stand by what I said. They are my words, my thoughts. Deal with it.”

    Instead, we get a 24-hour forced apology, and media hounds continue to plague Culliver with the same question, worded differently.

    Now can we please get back to football?

  57. 1flyboy1 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:59 PM

    Women are a different gender than men. Anyone who compares two men showering and a man and woman showering are being disingenuous.

    Anyway, Chris Culliver—–come off it already. We get it, you saw the reflection of your own hate and you didn’t like what you saw. That’s good. Stop making excuses for what you said. What you said is what you meant in the moment. It is what it is.

    Chris Culliver is entitled to his views, and given the fact millions disagree with him, we’re entitled to say as much.

  58. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 31, 2013 5:15 PM

    Freedom of speech!

  59. bagelgnana says: Jan 31, 2013 5:24 PM

    I don’t want a guy checking out my ass, which he undoubtedly would because I’m hot. What a person does in the privacy of their bedroom, is private, keep it that way, gay or straight. Everyone deserves equal rights, but when you share your private moments with others, don’t be surprised if you get different viewpoints.

  60. sharks123 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:35 PM

    Pacific NW Mark says:Jan 31, 2013 10:10 AM

    When you say you’re sorry “if you offended anyone” what you’re really saying is the problem lies with those who were offended, not with what you said. In other words, it’s not really an apology at all.

    If anything, Culliver is sorry his bigotry is now public knowledge. But that’s about it.
    ___________________________
    I would agree if that’s what he said which it wasn’t. Here’s part of his statement.
    “I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”

    He deserves to be ripped but at least be accurate.

  61. joeman1959 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:40 PM

    Does this guy not realize what town he plays in? Hey, uh Chris…..you may not have noticed but there are a few gay people who live in San Francisco. Take a tip…try not to insult your fan base. It’s bad for business.

  62. thegloriousone says: Jan 31, 2013 6:40 PM

    Who cares if there are gays in the NFL?

    I’d rather watch 24 hour Brokeback Mountain marathon than hear Ray Lewis talk about his God.

    Incidentally, Ray Lewis’ God loves Culliver’s comments.

  63. jbkjcm123456 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:45 PM

    Remember, you can pervert yourself and it is none of my business.

    But, as soon as you pervert one person outside of yourself, my kids, my family, my community, my country and/or my world … then you have made it my business! ;)

  64. 1flyboy1 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:47 PM

    WOW. Bagelgana, you must be joking. Gay men will undoubtedly check you out because you’re hot? Man. You’re conceited with a capital C.

  65. jbkjcm123456 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:54 PM

    I care who perverts my country. Why don’t you?

  66. jbkjcm123456 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:56 PM

    None of my business is when you pervert yourself in your cave.

    But, when you take your perversion out into the world and pervert God’s children or anyone other person other than yourself then you make it my business! I will not hate you … I will correct you … and I hope society has enough morality left to stop you. ;)

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