Currently, there are no 'out of the closet' gay men in the NFL. Blatant unacceptability from fellow players may be the reason. 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver gives proof to this in his own words during an audio interview.

Chris Culliver said to radio personality Arite Lange,

I don’t do the gay guys man,” said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. “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.”

Listen to the audio here:

The 49ers then released a statement saying:

The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."

The future for homosexual athletes in the NFL isn't all grim though. Opposing Super Bowl team the Baltimore Ravens has a player, Brendan Ayanbadejo, who is hoping to use the Super Bowl pedestal to advocate for equality and anti-bullying efforts.

Do you think Chris Culliver's comments were out of line?

[via thinkprogress.org]