San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver has reportedly issued an apology following homophobic statements he made during an interview. His response was that he was not homophobic but the thoughts in his head may have come out sounding that way.
He said: “The derogatory comments I made yesterday, were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.” Culliver’s apology came nearly a week after he said no gays were welcomed on his football team while in the locker room.
In issuing the apology, Culliver also said: “It has taken me seeing them in print, to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”
Culliver is not the only 49er that has gotten heat from the gay community. Two other players, Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga, who both participated in a much heralded ‘it gets better’ video last year, denied ever taking part in the project. The two claimed they were unaware that the campaign was dealing with bullying experienced by the gay community. Brooks reportedly said he thought the video was for anti-bullying not for gay rights.