NEW ORLEANS, LA (WACH) - Former Gamecock football player Chris Culliver is at the center of controversy this Super Bowl week after saying homosexual players are not welcome in the San Francisco 49ers locker room.
Culliver, who started six games at cornerback for San Francisco this sesaon, made the comments during a radio interview with comedian Artie Lange at a Super Bowl event this week.
Culliver's homophobic remarks came after Lange asked him if gay players would be welcome on the team.
"I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that," said Culliver. "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff."
Culliver went on to say if a gay player were to make the NFL, he should not only stay quiet about his sexuality, but should also keep the secret for 10 years after the player is out of the league.
The San Francisco 49ers organization quickly responded Wednesday by a releasing a statement about Culliver's comments.
"The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris," said the team's statement. "There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."
Culliver's homophobic comments come as the 49ers get ready to square off against the Baltimore Ravens, a team which has gay-rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo on the roster.
The linebacker has used his appearance on the Super Bowl's big stage as a platform to stump for gay rights this week.
It is worth noting, Culliver's feelings are not shared by his entire team. Coach Jim Harbaugh and several members of the 49ers spoke in support of gay players this week.
Earlier this year, several members of the team participated in a video for the "It Gets Better" campaign which speaks against gay bullying. Culliver did not appear in the video.