Last week on The Daily Weekly we applauded Seahawks' punter Jon Ryan, who took to Twitter to voice his disgust over the homophobic comments offered by 49ers' cornerback Chris Culliver in the lead up to the Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, the post was a popular one among Daily Weekly readers, and inspired some feedback.
As the post noted:
Earlier this week San Francisco 49ers cornerback and all-around a-hole Chris Culliver made waves when he told a radio show host and comedian doing interviews in preparation for the Super Bowl that an openly gay player would not be welcome on the team. There's no doubt it was an ignorant, hurtful thing to say - and the fact that Culliver has since apologized doesn't negate that.
While it's tempting to assume that Culliver's bigoted remarks represent the feelings of many NFL players, Seahawks punter Jon Ryan isn't one of them. Ryan took to Twitter to express his disgust with Culliver's comments, and urged the league to issue a suspension because of it.
First, in case you've somehow missed it, here's what Culliver initially had to say:
"I don't do the gay guys, man. I don't do that," Culliver said, according to countless accounts of his verbal insensitivity. "Ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff.''
And when asked specifically about the prospect of having an openly gay teammate:
"Nah. Can't be ... in the locker room, nah," Culliver reportedly said. "You've gotta to come out 10 years later after that."
It's hateful ignorance at its finest, and the kind of stuff that gives all football players a bad name.
That said, thankfully there are the Jon Ryans of the world.
To which commenter Joseph Baginski responded:
Why do we take what athletes say so seriously? They are brain dead idiots, they aren't paid millions a year to form a thought.
Commenter Alexis Taylor also chimed in:
That dude is gross..he will sleep with your mom.. not someone to listen to.