Despite his teammates being pissed off at him over his anti-gay comments on Wednesday about not wanting gay men on his team, San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver has now apologized for his hurtful anti-gay comments and wants your support in winning his next game on Sunday.
Let’s get you up to speed on what was said yesterday to the media: “I don’t do the gay guys man,” said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
“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. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah… can’t be in the locker room man. Nah.”
And when quizzed by reporter Artie Lange whether any homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver responded with:
“Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.”
After much backlash, he then released a statement with the help of his publicist by saying:
“I deeply regret the derogatory comments I made yesterday as it was a… reflection of me being insensitive with my joking, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly.
Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.
I am truly sorry for any distraction to my teammates and to my fans. I am ready to concentrate on winning this game and ask for your support.”
The 49er organization also put out a statement saying:
“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.”
Watch his full interview below during media day on Wednesday: