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Artie Lange

The NFL Needs a

Gay Jackie Robinson

2/5/2013 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Artie Lange says he WASN'T shocked by Chris Culliver's homophobic remarks during his explosive pre-Super Bowl interview with the 49ers player ... 'cause Chris' anti-gay feelings are probably shared by 99% of the NFL.

FYI -- Lange was the man who interviewed Culliver during Super Bowl week ... and is responsible for releasing the footage of Chris saying gay players are NOT welcome in the team's locker room.

"I hope he learns from it," Lange said after he arrived at JFK ... "and I hope I'm responsible for breaking the gay barrier in the NFL." 

Lange says he hopes NFL players will become more tolerant of gay players ... but he doesn't think that will happen until an active gay player comes out of the closet.

"I think unfortunately what Culliver said reflects what 99 % of the league thinks," Lange says.

"What's gonna have to happen is a real star player ... a Jackie Robinson type ... a real star player is gonna have to come out WHILE HE'S PLAYING ... and other people will follow."

As for Culliver, the 49ers have announced he'll undergo sensitivity training with an LGBT organization.

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D-INCARNATION    

No they don't

439 days ago
2.

static    

Have another whatever it is you use and shut up Artie.

439 days ago
3.

Jay W.     

Yes they do.

439 days ago
4.

Toilethead    

About as much as he needs another doughnut.

439 days ago
5.

idiots_abound    

The NHL is already making strides in this direction. Check out youcanplayproject.org. The over all theme is that team mates are all playing to win. If you can play, you can play

439 days ago
6.

Franc    

Artie did nothing to challenge the ignoramus while he interviewed him. A pig interviewing a pig.

439 days ago
7.

Legit    

"I hope I can be responsible fore breaking the gay barrier in the NFL".
Who the F*ck are you? Also Gays have not been through what blacks did. Stop comparing the too.

439 days ago
8.

Parker    

Cullivers jinxed the Niners win by being a bigoted azzole...dude plays football for the gayest city in the world........and goes and spouts his racist way to thers...what would happen if a white man says he dont want no blacks in the locker room...he'd be hurt by that and cry racism. Im a Niner fan but after that remark...I rooted for the Tavens!

439 days ago
9.

Kelly     

Culliver can do all the sensitivity training they can find and San Francisco will still be through with him. The City and its residents want NOTHING from this man.

438 days ago
10.

paul a.    

An openly gay NFLer makes about as much sense as Artie being handed a new set of steak knives.....

438 days ago
11.

Mikey    

Jackie Robinson was gay? I though he was black.

438 days ago
12.

Lee    

Chris doesn't belong in the city of SF much less on the team. What a sorry, hate-filled excuse of a man he is. Sensitivity training won't change him, he needs to not play foot ball, he gives the sport a bad name.
Sooo glad Ravens won!!!

438 days ago
13.

Mikey    

Artie Lange, leader of the homosexual community.

438 days ago
14.

eicarr     

Artie Rocks!!! Even with the food stains on his shirt. He needs to loose a few lbs. so he'll be with us a little longer.

438 days ago
15.

EasilyHard    

Baby gorilla I LOVE ARTIE!!!!

438 days ago
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