NFL Player, Chris Culliver, has said in an interview that he didn’t think there were any gay players on his team, and that they wouldn’t be welcome if there were.
The cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers said in an interview that gay NFL football players were not welcome, and should leave if there were.
He said: “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 be…in the locker room man. Nah,” he continued, reports Yahoo.
When asked whether if there were gay athletes, they would need to keep their sexuality a secret in the industry, Mr Culliver said: ”Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.”
This interview came as a shock to some, given San Francisco’s history with gay rights. Gay rights advocates had noted the fact that both the San Francisco 49ers and rival team the Baltimore Ravens, and players from both teams, had strong links to equal marriage, and LGBT rights.
The Super Bowl will take place in the US on 3 February 2013.