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The days leading up to the Super Bowl are perfect opportunities for stupid people to say stupid things. As it turns out, Chris Culliver is a stupid person. The former University of South Carolina star opened up to Artie Lange this week about the prospect of having a gay teammate. His answer was candid, inarticulate, and decidedly bigoted.
"I don't do the gay guys man," Culliver said to shock jock Artie Lange on Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports. "I don't do that."
When asked directly whether there were any gay players on the 49ers roster, Culliver was certain of the answer. His explanation is, at the very least, notable for creativity:
"No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they got to get up out of here if they do," Culliver said. "Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah ... can't be ... in the locker room man. Nah."
Who really knows whether the 49ers have any gay players. And there is not an openly gay player in the NFL. But with 53 players plus practice teamers on all 30 rosters, it's almost a statistical certainty that the NFL has a few gay players. According to Chris Culliver, these players cannot be both gay and professional football players. But he does have a consolation prize for his closeted brothers - just adhere to a Chris Culliver-mandated 10-year post-career waiting period and you can come out with no problem.
To the 49ers' credit, they were quick to condemn the statements, which makes sense considering the inclusiveness of the community that supports them. Not long ago, the 49ers became the first NFL team to join up with the "It Gets Better" initiative to support bullied LGBT teens.
The 49ers have yet to say how they will deal with Culliver, but chances are not much will happen. With the Super Bowl in only a few days, it's unlikely that Culliver sees any real punishment. He's not likely to see many endorsement offers coming from San Fran-based businesses, though.