Chris Culliver apologizes for homophobic remarks
During an interview with Artie Lange on Tuesday at Media Day for the Super Bowl, Culliver said he wouldn’t want any gay players on his team. Hours after the comments began making headlines, he issued a statement.
“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, 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,” he said in a statement.
Amazing how Culliver could do a 180 in so little time! And my, he comes across so eloquently in the statement compared to how he sounded in his interview with Lange!
The 49ers admonished Culliver for his remarks Wednesday, saying in a 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.”
It’s no surprise that Culliver apologized for his remarks. It’s only surprising that it took him so long to do so. This was the last distraction the Niners needed heading into the big game.