San Francisco 49er's homophobic comments and dumb apology

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  1. iCowboy says:

    That apology totally reads like it was written by the same person as the original offensive comment. There’s absolutely no way it was carefully constructed by a public relations team trying to avoid a disaster.

    • C W says:

      How I feel is crafted by PR minions, what I believe is entirely different!

    • dmc10 says:

      The disparity between the two remarks is so huge it’s laughable. I guess the NFL spin doctors don’t know how to write in uneducated homophobic ‘english’ (I use the word loosely because I’m not even sure Culliver’s diatribe was in english)

      • marilove says:

        Nice subtle racism there.

        • dmc10 says:

          Nice political correctness there. Tell me, what was racist? That I pointed out that his rant was far removed from standard English  and was barely intelligible? That for someone who supposedly graduated from college, he sounds less coherent than my 3 yr old?

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            It’s a transcript of a radio interview, not a written statement, and thus is in colloquial language.  And your comment is composed almost entirely of dependent clauses posing as sentences.

          • dmc10 says:

            Ah ok I see, so if you speak out loud and sound like a totally ignorant bigot, it’s ok because it’s “colloquial language”? Interesting.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            That wasn’t your original point, and there’s no relationship between colloquial language and bigotry unless you have a study to prove otherwise.

        • Caffeine99 says:

          Hmmm, so you’re more offended that someone points out his absolutely terrible grammar/ spelling/ slang, instead of the fact that this piece of shit decided to go off on a bigoted, mean spirited homophobic rant? Mkay…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I was hoping to find a book cover for Apologies for Dummies but the internet has failed me.

  2. Peylia_Mod says:

    Chris Culliver should head on down to Hi Tops Sports Bar in SF and meet some of his fan base. 

    http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2013/01/30/49ers-kiss-at-san-franciscos-first-gay-sports-bar-immortalized-in-sports-illustrated/

  3. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    Flying Spaghetti Monster, what an asshole!

  4. corydodt says:

    Does being a closeted, but  wealthy, NFL player count as “getting better”?

  5. Bartool says:

    The 49ers organization seemed pretty angry in their response:

    “The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris,” the team said. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

    This is the opinion one 24-year-old man, that came from the inner city of Philadelphia. Now, that is not an excuse, but I think Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (a player, like Chris Kluwe supports the rights of homosexuals) responded best with: 

    “You know, I think that in San Francisco, and being from the Bay Area myself, that’s something that we really try to preach — love and acceptance of everybody. And so I couldn’t really even say anything negative to the young man. It’s just one of those things where you have to live and you have to learn. And I said earlier on (a TV broadcast) — in the words of Martin Luther King, you can’t fight hate with hate. You have to fight hate with love. We’ve all made our mistakes, we’ve all been there and done certain things, and we’ve hurt people regardless if we meant to do it or not. But more than anything it’s an opportunity to have a learning experience.”

    The only way we can really combat this ignorance is with love and understanding. Otherwise the two sides will be getting further and further apart.

  6. Christopher says:

    At least Culliver initially described homosexuality as “that sweet stuff”. So he’s against any of his teammates being gay, but outside of the NFL it’s sweet.

    That was the most poorly phrase offensive comment ever to not come out of the mouth of Tony Perkins.

  7. the_wakeful says:

    Now I don’t feel as bad for wishing they would drop him. He’s not even that good of a corner.

  8. Brainspore says:

    I suppose it’s a small consolation, but at least we’ve come far enough as a society that those kinds of hateful comments are widely recognized as being offensive and controversial. A couple of decades ago it probably would have created more uproar if an NFL player publicly acknowledged the basic human rights of LGBT people.

  9. Brainspore says:

    “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.”

    Stupid CIA mind-control transceivers.

  10. Navin_Johnson says:

    Maybe he’d be a better fit with The Falcons, Cowboys, or Texans…..

  11. quori says:

    Dude, you are getting ready to play in the Superbowl. Now? This is the time you choose to say something this stupid?

    Is it freedom of speech to express your inner most moron…sure is. Doesn’t mean your not a moron.

  12. Koocheekoo says:

    Randy Moss also had some encouraging words in response to his teammate’s foot in mouth moment. 
     “We’re all human, so it’s not fair to sit there and judge a man or woman on their sexual preference. That’s just not right.” http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/17923291-419/49ers-react-to-chris-cullivers-anti-gay-comments.html

  13. Brainspore says:

    I’ve brought this up before, but it seems topical: ever notice that most NFL team names sound like derogatory terms for homosexuals if you precede them with the word “Ass”?

    Ass Packers
    Ass Ollers
    Ass Rams
    Ass Chargers
    Ass Vikings
    Ass Steelers
    Ass Cowboys
    Ass Raiders

    Others don’t quite fit as-is, but they do if you use synonyms:

    Buccaneers = Ass Pirates
    49ers = Ass Miners

    And then there are a couple that just sound gross (I’m looking at you, Cleveland and New York).

  14. The seemingly one good thing to come of this is the outpouring of support for the LGBT community from other players/coaches/teams. Times have certainly changed, and this incident is helping to prove that point.

  15. cyranojoe says:

    Recommend you all read his actual apology.  The quote above is not substantive.  Here’s what he actually said, which to me speaks to genuine thoughts and the possibility of change:

    “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” Culliver said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Yep, that’s the statement. However, it was a formal “statement” that he or someone thought about very carefully before releasing and the first sentence is still entirely idiotic.

  16. franko says:

    how crazy that the “soy sauce & underwear” link takes me to my local paper. made me do a double-take.

  17. creesto says:

    Man, the response from other NFL players has been soooo much better than those of their fanbase in many comment streams, esp. at HuffPo. So much Angry Straight White Male angst. I blame flouride

  18. SedanChair says:

    Oh those wacky gays, it’s not like straight people have ever fought over soy sauce and underwear

    • toyg says:

      Indeed, it’s shameful: a good woman would just take a beating and be done with it. These uppity gays, can’t trust’em.

  19. Arthur says:

    Entirely fair: ain’t got no black people up in my house. They got to get on back to Africa. Can’t have none of that soul stuff up in here. 

  20. Arthur says:

    The derogatory comments I made just now were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.

  21. mr_bloo_sky says:

    There have been some additional developments today.

    First, some 49ers that were shown in the team’s It Gets Better video denied even taking  part:

    https://twitter.com/mschneider718/status/297120778929991680

    In response, Dan Savage removed the team’s video from the project’s site:

    https://twitter.com/fakedansavage/status/297158781698187264

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      You’ve identified an almost perfect demographic for buyers for the Brooklyn Bridge. They have money and they just do whatever they’re told without questioning it.

      • toyg says:

        Please, Antinous, that’s San Francisco, a city full to the hilt of smart high-IQ people from all over the world, people who know when they’re being swindled. You should have called it Golden Gate Bridge, of course.

  22. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Well when your job is to get hit repeatedly in the head, don’t expect much in the ways of profound conversation.

  23. Singe says:

    Incidentally Su-Hong’s the chinese restaurant in question, is REALLY good. I’ve been there hundreds of times since childhood. I personally recommend the BBQ pork chow mein.

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