Chris Culliver (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans, LA (WLTX) - Former Gamecock cornerback Chris Culliver has issued an apology for remarks he made about the potential of gay players in the NFL.
Culliver is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers and is getting ready for the Super Bowl.
During media interviews this week, he was asked by shock jock Artie Lange how he was doing with the ladies in San Francisco. From there the interview took a turn. Lange asked him if he'd been approached by "gay guys," and this exchange followed.
Culliver: "I don't do the gay guys man."
Lange: "Are there any on the 49ers?"
Culliver: "They don't got no gay people on the team. They got to get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff."
Lange: "Really is that true?"
Culliver: "Yeah it's true."
Lange: "But they might be able to play well."
Culliver: "Nah, nah...being in the locker room. Nah."
Lange: "Okay, so they'd have to keep it a secret."
Culliver: "Yeah you gotta come out 10 years later after that."
Late Wednesday, Culliver issued the following statement:
"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," Culliver said. "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."
Culliver was drafted by the 49ers in 2011. His team issued the following statement on his remarks.
"The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris," the team's statement said. "There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community."