We have a few updates about the response 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is getting for his unwillingness to accept gay players on his team. First off, we have a fantastic video from Sean Chapin saying it’s about time for gay players in the NFL to come out. Then we have Culliver’s non-apology, and last but not least a response from our favorite punter of a time, Chris Kluwe.
There isn’t a think more I would like to add to the video, preach it brotha!
Here’s the apology Culliver issued yesterday:
“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” he said in the statement. “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.”
And earlier this morning, he faced the media and answered questions about what he was thinking at the time/why he said it. You can check out that video here. Culliver pretty much continues to say he’s very apologetic and that’s not how he feels “in his heart”.
Chris Kluwe responded to the anti-gay comments with a ‘think of the kids’ mindset:
“While he’s certainly entitled to speak his mind, Culliver is a role model whether he likes it or not. There are kids all over the United States who aspire to be right where he is and he has an obligation to consider the effect of his words. Kids are listening.”
I always feel a little bad when someone is getting hounded by the press, but people have to be held accountable for what they say. It was Culliver’s honesty that got himself into trouble, and if by holding him accountable it makes him take a second look at his beliefs, then it was for the best.
At least, whether you believe Culliver’s apology or not, and whether Culliver means it or not, you can bet he won’t be saying anything negative about gays in football again.