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49ers Player Chris Culliver

Gays Are NOT Welcome

In Our Locker Room

1/30/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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3:15 PM PT -- The 49ers organization is speaking out AGAINST Culliver ... saying the team "rejects" Chris' comments.

A rep for the 49ers says the team has already addressed the matter with Chris ... and adds, "There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level."

"We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
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Gay football players are NOT welcome in the San Francisco 49ers locker room ... at least according to one current 49ers player.

Chris Culliver -- who started 6 games as cornerback for the team this season -- made the homophobic comments to Artie Lange during a radio interview at a Super Bowl media event earlier this week.

When asked if gay players would be welcome on the team, Culliver said ... "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that."

Artie then asked if Chris knew of any gay players on his team ... to which Culliver answered, "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."

He continued, "Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah … can't be … in the locker room man. Nah."

Culliver also said ... if a gay player were to make it in the NFL, he should not only keep his sexuality a secret from the other players  ... but stay quiet for 10 YEARS after that.

Culliver and the 49ers will take the field on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens -- a team which features a very outspoken pro-gay rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Culliver's feelings are NOT shared by his entire team ... earlier this week, several members of the 49ers spoke in SUPPORT of gay players ... including coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I ask all players to play through their own personality and be who they are. What you ask of a player is to be a great teammate and be a good player. My expectations would be the same,” Harbaugh said. “Personally, there’s no discrimination in my heart.”

Linebacker Larry Grant echoed Harbaugh ... saying, "At the end of the day, we are all family in this locker room, and we accept each player for whoever they are."

Ditto for cornerback Tarell Brown ... who said, "Whatever makes you happy, do it. I just feel like, you shouldn’t hide it. At the end of the day don’t be embarrassed with what you are, or what you do. If you are that way, that’s you.”

Earlier this year, several members of the team participated in a video for the "It Gets Better" campaign to provide support for the LGBT community. Culliver was not featured in the video.

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16.

What a load of...    

Seriously, he looks gay. I hope Brendon Ayanbadejo knocks some sense in your head, Chris, enough that you'll be literate! I'm sure San Francisco is pleased you're on the team -- especially the city -- which is very gay friendly :)

574 days ago
17.

Phishie from Philly    

You play, work, & live in SF and your saying that.
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Phishie from Philly

574 days ago
18.

Preston    

Please call the 49ers office 408-562-4949 and demand he be Pulled From or even going to the Game. demand that he not even be allowed to be at the game..

574 days ago
19.

Phishie from Philly    

I'm not gay and I think that's offensive. What a POS.
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574 days ago
20.

LCAP    

He has every right to speak his opinion of gays....just as gays have every right to speak their's. Though I agree with him (Thanks for the freedom)

574 days ago
21.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

But deadbeat dads are always welcome...

574 days ago
22.

Menace to society     

I give him credit for speaking the truth of the matter these other guys coach included are a bunch of liars,saying what they should say to be politically correct..STOP FRONTIN

574 days ago
23.

Simone    

Just like pink is the new black ~ homophobia is the new homosexual.

574 days ago
24.

bitchfistcomics.com    

Did he forget what city he plays for?

574 days ago
25.

MIKEY    

1/4 OF NFL players are in the closet moron

574 days ago
26.

dman    

Don't mid him, he's not homophobic, he's just jealous of anyone who can actually speak English.

574 days ago
27.

Luz    

The same way gays express their feelings about their sexuality, same way Chris can express his preference and opinion. That right goes both ways. That Chris' opinion differs from gays' and pro gays' , doesn't mean his homophobic or a bad person.

574 days ago
28.

HiddenGraves    

If a man plays well regardless if he is gay or straight. He should be allowed to play. There are plenty of gay guy's that love and play sports.
There was a time when there was a colored league. As a colored man you should not discriminate towards anyone. It is still consider ignorant and hateful.
If things wouldn't have changed for us. We will still be segregated and belittled.
That is not cool. Not cool at all. And you should really be disappointed about how you view others. There are people that look up to you. And you say homophobic slurs.
I have gay friends and family members, you prick!

574 days ago
29.

Morgan    

DISGUSTING PIG!!

574 days ago
30.

Shah Boogey    

At least he was being real, and put his name on it.

574 days ago
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