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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:46 PM

Should this football player be fired over homophobic comments?

Last edited Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:42 PM - Edit history (2)

Yes, says KNBR 1050 radio host Damon Bruce in response to 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver saying he would not tolerate a gay teammate.



Bruce continues in this next segment and even opens up about the gay co worker who changed his attitude earlier in his career:



Callers' reactions (including Dan Wetzel of yahoo sports at the 8:00 mark)



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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:51 PM

1. Well Bruce is wrong...

 

Not the first time not the last.

Culliver did nothing to lose his job. he is an athlete who happened to speak his mind. wrongly and bigoted though it was, he has the right to feel how he feels and speak how he feels.

I am guessing the if you walked down the street and asked the same question it would take about one second to find someone that shares the same viewpoint.

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:22 PM

5. +1

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:54 PM

2. It's a stupid comment, but doesn't really cross the line for firing IMO. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:55 PM

3. I was going to say no, but then I thought about it.

I would have said he should have been fined. Maybe even not allowed to play in the Super Bore. But I did not think he should be fired.

But then I thought about it. These god damned sports teams are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. And while not EVERYONE in San Francisco is either gay or non-homophobic few would argue that SF is not the epicenter for gay acceptance in the United States.

So why the hell should the good people of SF continue to pay this punk. Trade him somewhere more homophobic.

But in all honesty I will be surprised if a single damned thing is done to him.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:33 PM

7. Precisely. He'll likely be traded.

A waitress who speaks up about a customer writing "I give God 10%. Why should you get 18?" gets fired. A bigoted pro football player simply takes his hateful attitude elsewhere.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:35 PM

8. If the NFL can employ (most likely) murderers and (for a damned fact) animal abusers

they sure as hell got plenty of room for homophobes.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:56 PM

4. I'm glad to see he's been raked over the coals and made to think really hard....

...about his stupid ass bigoted comments.

Here's an example.



No, I don't think he should be fired as long as he's showing remorse.

We need to educate and enlighten.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:24 PM

6. Football players get fired for playing bad football.

We should hardly expect them to a) embody the same ideals we do and b) express them well when a mic is stuffed in their face on media day.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:54 PM

9. professional athletes are supposed to be good role models

being a bigot is not being a good role model. Hopefully the firestorm he started will make him reassess his views and hopefully change them.

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:10 PM

11. Why are professional athletes supposed to be good role models??

Is that just the hype to justify part of their obscene salary??

Perhaps it is time to stop making gods out of high payed people that play a child's' game
Professional sports is just tribal warfare

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:05 PM

10. NO!!

His teammates should hide his pads and let him play thus ............. unpadded

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:13 PM

12. it is better to know your enemies and let them spout off in public. publicity is good nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:34 PM

13. Since he doesn't work for me, I say public ridicule for being publicly ridiculous seems fair.

If he was my employee, though, we'd definitely have some serious meetings about what he and I could do to fix the public relations beating he and my organization are taking. His level of willingness to be an active participant in the fix would factor greatly into my decision on whether or not it's worth it to me to keep him on as an employee.

But I'm not his employer.

And so: He opened his big fat ignorant mouth and spewed stupid shit. Now he gets to hear people call him a big fat ignorant stupid shit. That's seems fair enough for now.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:50 PM

14. Culliver shows equality isn't here yet

New Orleans --


One step forward. One step backward.

That's the plight of gay rights in professional sports, and it's on display this week at the Super Bowl.

In a news conference, one young man - Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo - was speaking out for gay rights and against bullying.

In another interview, a different young man - 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver - basically made threats against any gay athlete who might come out.

Here's a transcription of what Culliver told radio shock jock Artie Lange, when asked if there were gay players on the 49ers: "No, ain'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 be in the locker room, man. Nah."

And then damage control began. The 49ers, who joined the "It Gets Better" campaign against bullying in August, issued a statement Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Culliver-shows-equality-isn-t-here-yet-4237781.php#ixzz2Janj4hwq

Culliver: Gay players are not welcome
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has, in the past, said that gay players would be welcome on his team, but a clip aired on the Artie Lange show on Tuesday night seemed to indicate that cornerback Chris Culliver doesn’t agree.

When asked by shock jock Lange at Super Bowl media day if there were any gay players on the team, Culliver answered, “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 be … in the locker room man. Nah.”

Asked in November how he would react to coaching an openly gay player, Harbaugh said, “I have no discrimination in my heart. 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 team player and be a good player. My expectations (of a gay player) would be the same.”

Other players asked the same question for a 49ers digital magazine story said they would also accept an openly gay player.

more...http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/01/30/culliver-gay-players-are-not-welcome/

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:33 PM

15. Dude, you're in progressive tolerant San Francisco - Don't fire him -Trade him.....

Don't want to be in a city/team whose tolerant of others - yeah, you are entitle to your opinion - So you should leave or ask the team to trade you....So simply trade him!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:44 AM

16. No he should NOT be fired

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