The big story from New Orleans on Wednesday came by way of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who shared a controversial view on homosexuals in an NFL locker-room. When asked if gays would be welcomed, an uneasy Culliver said "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that."
The comments were immediately addressed by the 49ers, who sent out a press release "rejecting" Culliver's comments
"There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community," the press release said in part.
Culliver was quick to apologize for his statement, but not before they spread like wildfire across NFL networks. Players quickly began to react in support of the homosexual community, including New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett.
"I don't know why guys even say this stuff," Bennett tweeted. "There's definitely at least one or two gay guys on every team. Who cares? If someone can play ball, let em play."
For a long time, homosexuality in an NFL locker-room was considered taboo – as it was in every day life. But as society advances and changes, the homosexual community has been more widely welcomed, and it's beginning to spread to major sports leagues like the NFL. Still, despite most being far more open-minded about it, there has never been an active and openly gay player in NFL history.
The law of odds tells you that Bennett's assessment is accurate, but it's clear that gays in the NFL still fear living openly during their playing days. Perhaps that's the next wall to be broken down, but in the mean time, views like Culliver's are now the exception to the rule as opposed to the rule itself.
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