49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has received plenty of backlash for his recent anti-gay remarks, prompting the second year player to publicly apologize.
"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of the thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," said Culliver. "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 apologized to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience."
Some people, like the HuffPost Gay Voices editor-at-large Michaelangelo Signorile, did not accept Culliver's apology.
Signorile penned a response to Culliver's apology calling for his suspension from the Super Bowl.
"This cannot stand," wrote Signorile. "The 49ers and NFL need to take action and send a strong message. John Aravosis at Americablog points out tha the 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs just last month for making derogatory comments about his bosses. Are the team management saying they take it seriously when they, themselves, are insulted, but not when closeted gay players and gay fans are treated to bigoted, offensive remarks?"
As it stands right now, Culliver will be playing in the big game on Sunday.