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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chris Culliver's Anti-Gay Rant Eerily Reminiscent of Garrison Hearst's Anti-Gay Rant

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

click to enlarge Take Artie Lange's advice and shut up...
  • Take Artie Lange's advice and shut up...

Earlier today, we wrote about how, according to Facebook users' "like" selections, the vast majority of the nation is pulling for the 49ers in the upcoming Super Bowl.

Well, that all may change.

San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver told us what he really thinks when it comes to sharing the locker room with homosexual teammates -- and it wasn't very enlightened. Speaking to Artie Lange -- who, evidently, is still employed -- Culliver stated: "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah...can't the locker room man. Nah."

It's not surprising that a professional athlete would espouse a less-than-nuanced position on homosexuals ill-fitting the sensibilities of big-city liberals. It is surprising, however, that he'd feel entitled to go on at length espousing a position so cringe-worthy that he had to be cut off by Artie Lange.  

Sadly, it turns out Culliver is as lacking in taste as he is in a sense of history.

See Also: Kwame Harris, Ex-49er, Accused of Assaulting Ex-Boyfriend

A decade ago, former Niners running back Garrison Hearst had just about the same things to say about sharing the locker room with gay colleagues:

"Aww, hell no! I don't want any faggots on my team. I know this might not be what people want to hear, but that's a punk. I don't want any faggots in this locker room."

Football locker rooms ain't like they used to be...
  • Football locker rooms ain't like they used to be...
Hearst was quickly called onto the carpet (as Culliver will undoubtedly be, if he hasn't been already). No matter how heartfelt his mea culpa, Hearst will always be remembered for ranting about "faggots" alongside his 96-yard run against the Jets and franchise-record rushing totals. Culliver -- a budding star -- should take note.

A lot has changed in the last 10 years, both inside and outside NFL clubhouses. Marriage equality was a pipe dream a decade ago. Now the vast majority of young and middle-aged Americans favor it. In an embarrassing touch for the Niners, Baltimore linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has earnestly asked how he can use the Super Bowl spotlight to better advocate for gay marriage rights. This seems counterintuitive based on the relative politics of Baltimore and San Francisco -- until you consider that young, isolated football players' worldviews have little to do with the cities that may (or may not) house the stadiums where they play one day a week.

Days earlier, former 49ers lineman Kwame Harris literally struck a blow against stereotypes when he was arrested for alleged battery against a former male love interest.

Interestingly, Harris and Hearst were both on the Niners' roster in 2003. It's unknown if this did either man any good. 

Update: That didn't take long.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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