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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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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Hey chris, if they're not welcome then what the F*** are YOU doing there, you b*tchy angry wannabe-machismo future-multiple-mugshot-&-bankrupty recipient JACKOFF??? And speak ENGLISH DOCUHEBAG. I had the same lousy public school education you had, without the b enefit of college and I sound infinitely more educated than your gutter slime ass.

527 days ago
32.

Adrienne    

the grammatical errors alone is why i do not watch foot ball.

i guess you aint gots to know hows to puts a sentence togetha in da nfl.

527 days ago
33.

mrbeaner    

and this is a fine example of a free college education scholarship gone to waste..."No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."

527 days ago
34.

Preston Edmonds    

Culliver is

527 days ago
35.

lolurdumb    

He is a moron! !! I hope hes booed when he takes the fueld and after that he shouldnt be allowwd to play. Others have been fined for the same **** FINE HIM!! And somebody teach this idiot how to speak correctly! !

527 days ago
36.

Violent Pope    

Dude rolls around with men in tight pants... Who is this d-bag trying to fool.

527 days ago
37.

aleyda    

agree!!! finalmente alguien lo dijo!

527 days ago
38.

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..

527 days ago
39.

fresera    

Well I am shocked that someone who speaks so eloquently and carries on in such a sophisticated manner can be so closed-minded. Shocked, I say!

527 days ago
40.

Discoboy    

I would be offended by his remarks, as a gay man, but its obvious he is uneducated and ill informed. When he learns to speak correctly and show that hes able to string some words together that make sense, maybe then I'd take him seriously. Maybe. Also he needs to be reminded that it wasnt that long ago that people were saying the same thing about African Americans.

527 days ago
41.

KCINDY    

They turned on ya bro..be careful they are trying to destroy your career! Leave them alone and do not touch any female they touched or touched them!

527 days ago
42.

Columbo    

What a dumb chit. Way to make an a ss of yourself.

527 days ago
43.

dman    

Nice earring there Christine Coklover..

527 days ago
44.

Columbo    

We are all brothers. His ignorance is monumental.

527 days ago
45.

Beauty    

He's got a right to his spoken personal opinion. Some people just find unnatural things like homosexuality abhorrent, and he like others have expressed that. You can't tell people what they should feel or not feel. Be gay or not, just shut up about it and live your life, as long as no one is beating your face in over it then what do you care about an opinion?

527 days ago
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