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Culliver to attend sensitivity training, volunteer with at-risk LGBT youth

Saturday, February 2, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then begin volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.

Culliver is scheduled to begin working with “The Trevor Project,” an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, according to his public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.

Chris Culliver

“He’s so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all,” Palmer said in a phone interview Saturday. “He’s excited to learn. The plan is with The Trevor Project, and their concerns are that he is genuine about his words.”

Palmer said Culliver will spend time volunteering at a crisis center in San Francisco.

“It’s just an opportunity for him to learn about his comments and educate himself about the LGBT co mmunity, and grow,” Palmer said. “It’s the first step in learning about his words.”

During Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day at the Superdome, the second-year defender responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn’t welcome a gay player in the locker room.

He also said the 49ers didn’t have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave. He later apologized, facing a large group of media members for nearly an hour Thursday.

He realizes some will still question his sincerity.

“I hope people understand because it’s coming directly from me and I’m talking to the whole world,” Culliver said. “It is not (how I feel) in my heart.”

The 49ers — who play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday — released a statement saying they rejected Culliver’s comments, and CEO Jed York vowed to take a leadership role with the LGBT community and groups back home in the Bay Area — including taking Culliver around himself, he said.

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35 more reader comments:

  1. he needst o … he know he is dead wrong for his statement

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:28am
  2. lol…suspend him from superbowl without pay…he is an adult so he should be able to judge right from wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:32am
  3. too bad he’s not displayed enough intelligence for me to believe he will actually learn anything from the experience

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:33am
  4. Can we send some legislatures too?

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:35am
  5. Can’t fix stupid.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:37am
  6. Keep The Hater away from The Youth they have enough problems without him making them feel worse!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:41am
  7. So, without football — what else would he do — that would keep him out of JAIL — where GAY activity would be the norm… ???

    (He can still be a “ball player”, but a different kind….)

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:44am
  8. They don’t need his bigotry. Besides. . .these kids will know he’s only there because he hates them. Give our LGBT youth some credit.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:44am
  9. He should be made to attend, How Not to be an Asshole Training. Then cut his stupid ass so he learns idiotic statements have consequences. Dumbfuck. Go Ravens!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:51am
  10. I don’t think I like the idea of him being around “at-risk” youth.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:07pm
  11. Where is the part about having his mouth super glued shut!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:08pm
  12. It’s all for attention.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:10pm
  13. Its a start!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:03pm
  14. The guy is young and ignorant and has probably done nothing in his life so far except play football! This will help him learn a little more about the world around him and maybe stop being a junior asshole! :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:20pm
  15. THIS guy has NO BUSINESS being around at-risk youth! His profound homophobia can not be disguised. His presence among the very people he publicly professed to despise will NOT BENEFIT from his presence. Exposing LGBT youth to his vitriolic hatred is dangerous! Find another way to redeem your bigoted ass, the Community doesn’t need you nor do they want you!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:31pm
  16. I think he needs to spend time with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. If anyone can be a good influence that man can.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:48pm
  17. Good, he should be doing something

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:50pm
  18. Why is it called “volunteer work”? He’s doing it because his employer is forcing him to do it.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:12pm
  19. What about his teammates who claimed they didn’t know they were “making a gay video” ?

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:59pm
  20. I’d like to see reaction in the Castro to all of this.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:00pm
  21. Don’t believe it……….it sounds like he is forced to do so.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:19pm
  22. I doubt he changed his thoughts about gay players

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:29pm
  23. YEAH!….Like that’s going to work for this MORON!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:36pm
  24. So us gays fight for a choice to be homosexual, but you won’t let him have the right to believe what he wants? This is why people fear us gays!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:22pm
  25. Fight, for a “choice” to be homosexual!!?¿¿? WTF? Michael Veizaga…. you’re an idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:56am
  26. Give, your card back….

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:57am
  27. This is good news!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:48am
  28. Nothing but a PR stunt. I hope he learns something from it, though, regardless if he’s being forced to do it or not.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:57am
  29. I really believe that he didn’t know what his words sounded like until he saw them in print. Sometimes, especially when we are young, we speak without listening to ourselves.
    I hope this helps him gain understanding.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:05am
  30. I still want him on the bench today

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:09am
  31. With ignorance running rampant today…it saddens me to think that yes…he did make the comments he did. But tell me why his coach gabe a press conference appearance to say that he does not believe that. Ummm…can he just say it himself. Oh…wait…ummm…yeah NO!!! He is a biggot and a homophobic person. Yet he showers with, horses around with guys in the locker room…and lets not forget where his hands are as a quarterback…inbetween another mans ass and balls. Makes me laugh. I would love to see one pro player come out of the closet and tell people that he does not shower with his teammates to size them up. I am damn sure there is one closeted…active pro player. Come on guys…stand up and give younger men, who play high school and or college ball a reason to believe they are loved and welcomed with open arms by the NFL.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:26am
  32. And by the way…what in the hell will sensitivity training do? Allow him even more reason to demean and belittle gays and lesbians in pro sports. Really…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:28am
  33. I agree…he should be sidelined from todays game.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:29am
  34. If you talk the way he does about Gays, that’s who he is, you can’t train stupid, bigotry out of someone

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:06am
  35. You’d think with his knuckles dragging the field that he wouldn’t be a help to his team.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:25pm