MEA CULPA

49er Chris Culliver Says He Should’ve Known Better, Working With Trevor Project

Chris CulliverAfter today’s big game, San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver’s next big project will be working with the Trevor Project.

From a press release:

Chris recognizes these apologies neither excuse his statements nor sufficiently convey Chris’ remorse for the situation he created, and the people he offended. Regardless of what has been, and what undoubtedly will be said about Culliver’s comments and his subsequent mea culpa, the simple fact remains: action expresses priorities.

It is with this concept in mind that Chris has unilaterally reached out to The Trevor Project to seek guidance and education about the LGBTQ community from the nation’s leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The Trevor Project also provides education services to youth and adults.

Rather than attempt to downplay the severity of the issue at hand, or shy from the situation in the interests of mitigating damage to his reputation, Chris intends to embrace this ordeal as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.

One of the more surprising tidbits in the release is the fact that Culliver is the nephew of gay director Andrew Brown, who directed the groundbreaking 1977 doc Word Is Out. According to the release, Brown supports Culliver’s efforts “to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary.”

Said Culliver:

“As an African American male, I should know better. Hate and discrimination have a lasting effect, and words matter. I also have a responsibility to myself, and especially to my young fans to be a better role model. The kids who look up to me and other athletes are the future of our country, and our future deserves better than fear, hate and discrimination…. I was wrong, and I want to learn how to make it right.

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