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.

69 responses to “49ers “reject the comments” made by Chris Culliver

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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..

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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…..

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.”

  30. 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

  31. 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!!

  32. 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.

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