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.
Here's Ryan's tweet in response to Culliver's remarks:
If Chris Culliver isn't suspended by Goodell then I am absolutely embarrassed to be part of a league that accepts this type of behavior.— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) February 1, 2013
Thanks for not being a terrible person like Culliver, Mr. Ryan.