Saturday, February 2, 2013
San Francisco 49ers Chris Culliver To Work With The Trevor Project In Weeks Following Super Bowl
In New Orleans, a report that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will work with "The Trevor Project" in the weeks after the Super Bowl to learn more about lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender youth, according to his personal publicist. Culliver made homophobic comments during Tuesday's Media Day in a podcast interview with comedian Artie Lange. In Culliver's subsequent apology, he said he would accept a gay teammate and he pledged to learn from the biggest controversy during the 49ers' Super Bowl week. Lange, a self-proclaimed "dumb comedian," knew the magnitude of Culliver's words when he made them during their Tuesday podcast interview. "When I asked the question I was just joking around, and then he wouldn't stop talking," Lange told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. "I said to myself, 'I gotta play this tape but he's a young kid and doesn't know any better.' Yeah, in today's world I knew it would get a big reaction. It seemed to get a little crazier than I thought." Before the questions of a homosexual teammate arose, Culliver was asked what he considered a highly offensive question by Lange: How many white women did Culliver plan on having sex with before Sunday's Super Bowl. "It ruined (Culliver's) week and I don't feel good about that. But if that's how he really felt and this helped it get out there, maybe he'll change it," Lange told USA Today. "I'm a stupid comedian. I don't think he knew who I was. I looked homeless, quite frankly." Culliver said Wednesday that among those he conferred with after his anti-gay comments was a gay relative, who's been identified as his cousin Andrew Brown, a director of the documentary "Word Is Out" about gay and lesbian directors. "Brown has come forward in support of Chris and his efforts to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary," said a press release announcing Culliver's planned association with "The Trevor Project." Culliver will serve as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback and a core special-teams player in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. Lauren McGinnis, communications director for The Trevor Project, said in a statement: "We really feel that education about LGBT youth and the challenges they face is a great way to get (Chris) started on the right path, especially since he's a role model and there are kids all over the country with his poster on their wall, his jersey -- his fans that take his words and actions to heart."