Chris Culliver Takes the Initiative to Learn More About LGTBQ
Three days ago San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver found himself in hot water after making malicious ant-gay comments on the Artie Lang show. If you have been living under a rock, you can click here to listen, or you can jump below to read Culliver's comments (via Yahoo! Sports):
I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah ... can't be ... in the locker room man. Nah.
The second-year cornerback also suggested that gay NFL players should keep their sexual orientation a secret until they have been out of the league for at least 10 years. Undoubtedly, the 49ers organization was not happy with his comments and released a statement of its own:
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.
The following day, Culliver apologized for the "ugly" remarks:
I'm sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments. Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation. I treat everyone equal. That's not what I feel in my heart.
Whether his apology was accepted by Ally, You Can Play and GLAAD is unknown, but one thing we do know is that Culliver is making an attempt to become more educated on the subject. According to Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com, he will reach out to The Trevor Project to learn more about LGTBQ.
For those of you who aren't familiar with LGTBQ, it stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Based on its website, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Additionally, Culliver noted that he recently consulted with his cousin Andrew Brown, who is gay. Brown directed the documentary "Word Is Out," which tells the story of gay and lesbian directors in Hollywood.
After the two spoke, "Brown has come forward in support of Chris and his efforts to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary,” according to a press release announcing Culliver’s planned association with The Trevor Project.
It's inspiring to see the young cornerback express an interest in educating himself about the topic he spoke so negatively about.
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