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NFL player Chris Culliver apologises for saying gay players not welcome in the NFL

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  1. Fair enough, looks like a reasonable apology, and space to learn and grow I suppose.

    Got to wonder if outside pressure was applied though. Or am I just an old cynic?

    1. PantoHorse 31 Jan 2013, 1:38pm

      My thoughts are the same. Why are the thoughts in his head coming out unfiltered if that’s not really what’s in his heart?!

      1. It’s possible the thoughts in his head were down to the situation he was in. I’ve no doubt the ‘shock jock’ radio environment is one rife with macho bombast which might well induce some questionable statements in order to fit in in the moment.

        I don’t know; it’s just a guess. His apology seems sincere and is to be welcomed, even if his team has engineered it.

        1. PantoHorse 31 Jan 2013, 2:06pm

          Is he a coward and so easily open to manipulation to say one thing when he thinks another? So invested in brand Culliver he’d rather mindlessly spout bigotry because he wants to ‘fit in’ than what he truly feels?

          I don’t know if either of those things apply, but yes, his apology is to be welcomed and, even if engineered, has hopefully done something to further the idea that “hurtful and ugly” comments are not OK, no matter who you are.

          1. Oh, I think everyone knows what it’s like to go with the flow, so to speak, on occasion and end up saying things that, on reflection, sound ill-expressed or insincere or even downright horrifying. (Possibly mainly when what’s flowing is alcohol, but still …)

          2. PantoHorse 31 Jan 2013, 2:22pm

            Yes, I guess I am making assumptions on how he behaves in radio interviews and comparing them mentally to rather more well thought out situations.

    2. I’m certain outside pressure was applied. That in itself is an advance of sorts, though.

  2. Hmmm. A real change of heart or the threat of dismissal? Whatever the motiviation for his apology, at least he made one which will hopefully resonate with other would-be homophobes.

  3. Looks like an apology, sounds like an apology, but reads like bollocks!

    Looks like he’s had a good talking to but the team’s PR/comms person and his agent are unable to draft something that makes sense. As Judge Judy would say: Don’t piss on my shoes and tell me it’s raining.

  4. Be an American Football player and that will make you a MAN! You will never have to think again; you can behave like a bully on and off the field, you can beat up anyone who doesn’t agree with you; you can be a typical American shithead hiding behind a helmet and visor! What more do you want from life?

    1. Michael Anthony 31 Jan 2013, 4:36pm

      Your comment is no better than what he said in the interview. In just the past year, several footballers have spoken out in favor of gay marriage.

  5. GulliverUK 31 Jan 2013, 4:02pm

    There was no question of him not apologising, it was just a question of how quickly and just how sorry it would sound.

    This has happened many times to sports personalities in the US. They say something, they are sometimes fined, they apologise. Usually the apology is comes fairly quickly, although this might be one of the quickest I’ve seen.

    There is no doubt he’ll have some boot impressions on his arse, and had a severe talking to by the sports bodies or his managers. But, it’s a system which seems to work well. Even better if they kept their opinions to themselves in the first place :)

  6. The apology is clearly the work of an expedient PR team. “I said what I thought but not what I feel” makes scant sense. It is encouraging that policy has changed with regard to homophobia but individual opinions are still rancid.

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