The Super Bowl week magnifying glass fried Joe Flacco early, but that only really amounted to a mild sunburn, and it passed quickly. But Chris Culliver? Dude should wear SPF 95 the next time he steps under that menacing glass.
Unless you’re deeply buried in your Super Bowl bunker so that you avoid the pre-game hype-a-thon since you only wish to watch football (you still brought your slow cooker, right?), you’re well aware of Culliver’s homophobic comments that have drawn heavy ire and criticism. And rightfully so.
Culliver said he wouldn’t be comfortable with an openly-gay player in the locker room since he doesn’t want to be around that “sweet stuff”. He’s since issued an odd, nonsensical public apology in which he said that his words were a reflection of his thoughts, and not how he feels. My head hurts.
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a noted and vocal supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, said Culliver’s comments could actually be a sort of twisted blessing in disguise, as he’s highlighted what may unfortunately still be a common NFL attitude. So common that Ayanbadejo estimated about half of all players would agree with Culliver, even though they may never say it publicly.
But Terrell Suggs isn’t one of them. Suggs spoke some truth and common sense today, saying he would have no problem with an openly-gay teammate.
Asked if he would have a problem with a gay teammate, Suggs answered, “Absolutely not.” Suggs then added that the rest of the team would welcome a gay teammate as well.
“We wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Suggs said. “We don’t care. Our biggest thing in the locker room is to just have fun and stay loose. We don’t really care too much about that. We’re a football team. I said it yesterday; everybody deserves a certain amount of privacy. Who cares? Whatever a person’s choice is, it’s their choice.”
Culliver became a household name overnight because of his comments, but that will fade, and soon among the mainstream he’ll return to being a backup cornerback. Ditto for Ayanbadejo, who’s recognition beyond football fans is flickering and faint at best, and he’s known only to those who agree with his views (or those who vehemently disagree).
But Suggs is far more known to the general public. Not nearly Ray Lewis known, but he’s still ahead of Ayanbadejo and Culliver, and therefore his words carry more weight.