Chris Culliver, a football player with the San Francisco 49ers, made some off-the-cuff and derogatory remarks about gay people:
I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that. 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. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.
After a little talking-to from the team management — for gods sake, you play in San Francisco — he issued an apology:
The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.
“They were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.”
I’ll give him credit for apologizing, however awkwardly. But what the hell is “that sweet stuff”? That was not covered in the Gay Training manual… at least not in the edition I got.