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Homophobia in Sports


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San Francisco 49ers cornberback Chris Culliver has been criticized for anti-gay comments he made on Tuesday.
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
San Francisco 49ers cornberback Chris Culliver has been criticized for anti-gay comments he made on Tuesday.

Just days before the San Francisco 49ers' first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years, cornerback Chris Culliver said he wouldn't welcome a gay teammate in the locker room. The team quickly responded with an official statement supporting the LGBT community. Do Culliver's comments reflect a pervasive anti-gay sentiment in sports, or is he an individual outlier?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of OutSports.com, an online gay sports coummunity composed of sports fans, teams and leagues
  • David Kopay, former San Francisco 49ers running back and the first NFL player to come out in 1975
  • Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, an LGBT sports advocacy nonprofit that works with pro-sports teams and fans to welcome gay players and gay fans

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