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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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103 COMMENTS

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46.

D-INCARNATION    

You can't have them running roughshod through the gang showers hitting everything in sight and running up the teams PUP list causing half the team to be on the bench even though they can't sit down....

523 days ago
47.

Nita Hand    

Maybe Ron Gronkowski will come out next season.

523 days ago
48.

robkanoff    

I love it that Artee is PRO gay activast..... George Takei mst be proud

523 days ago
49.

Danny    

I thought it was going to be an announcement that Artie died.

523 days ago
50.

Kaiser Sozhey    

No doubt that Artie Lange, whoever the hell he is, sucks crocks.

523 days ago
51.

bus4bud    

Thats why the 49's lost the game - cursed for hating gays.

523 days ago
52.

Tom    

He's funnier when he's asleep on Howard's couch...

523 days ago
53.

rich    

statistically 1 in every 10 people is gay. that means someone on the team is gay. just cuz a gay guy is in the locker room doesn't mean he is gonna touch you, he may not even be looking at you. i used to change in a locker room with a gay guy and had no issues with it. in fact i never even seen the guy look down. nothing worse than scared little bitches.

523 days ago
54.

jason    

Artie is very funny and very, very smart, suprised there r so many negative comments. What Artie is saying is right on the money as usual. If a big star had the guts to come out it would rock the sports world and it would go along way to shut the homophobes up. Artie is so right, cant anyone else see that. weird because u guys r usually right on the money as well.

523 days ago
55.

YorkieLuv    

Why the hell do we need to know about anyone's private life ??

Artie Lang should have kept his interview about the Superbowl & Sports !!

523 days ago
56.

MzDee2012    

So gay people think their black? How did that happen?

523 days ago
57.

TNT    

Got to love a freakin' druggie like that fat slob Lange acting like he is the moral police. Give me a break. There will be an open gay football player when Lange decides to lose five pounds.

523 days ago
58.

ray    

Artie's just a lard a$$. He would be fine showering with a gay guy, unless the gay was a chubby chaser no one would look at him with lust.

522 days ago
59.

karla    

Fkn fatass

522 days ago
60.

You'reBoring    

No, the NFL needs more Football players. Who they have sex with is irrelevant. At least it should be and not because I'm some progressive "can't we all just get along" wishful thinker. No, because who the hell cares? You want sexual preference not be an issue? Quit making it one.

522 days ago
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