Yesterday, Artie Lange interviewed the 49ers' Chris Culliver during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day and while the former Howard Stern sidekick asked a variety of questions, when the topic switched to gay teammates, things got a bit controversial. With the story of Kwame Harris still fresh in the mind of most football fans, Artie wondered how Culliver would feel if he had a homosexual player on the team and the Niners cornerback went on a rant condemning such an occurrence, as well as making some strict demands if the situation were to ever come about.
“I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that,” Culliver answered. “No. Ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
Lange then asked Culliver if a gay player would be welcome on the team.
“Nah. Can’t be … in the locker room, man. Nah.”
And that wasn't all. When Lange questioned why homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver said, "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."
The 49ers released 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 level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
An apology should be coming soon, no?
[via The Big Lead]
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