San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver is in hot water again for making offensive comments, this time on social media.
During Media Day at the Super Bowl back in February, Culliver made offensive comments about the possibility of having a gay teammate and saying they would not be welcomed in any NFL locker room. After the season ended, Culliver attended sensitivity training and met with LGBTQ youth group Trevor Project so he could “learn and grow” from the comments he made. He was not suspended or fined for making the comments.
Apparently, the sensitivity training did not make an impact with Culliver. On Wednesday, he posted a picture of a text message exchange to his Instagram account which referred to a woman as a “bitch” and “hoes”. The image has since been deleted from Culliver’s account. However, you can view the picture by clicking here.
The cornerback has over 30,000 followers on Instagram so it makes you wonder what he was thinking posting a picture of the text message, if he was thinking at all. The post generated at least 378 likes, but some of the comments included disgust from other followers:
“Why would you even post this? Makes u look bad”
“Where’s the dislike?”
“Real men don’t speak this way.”
“Why does a woman always have to be a ho and a bitch though?”
Speaking about the incident 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said,
We are aware of the matter, and it is being handled internally.
LarryBrownSports.com wrote that Culliver’s agent said that the “message exchange the cornerback posted was a misunderstanding and not Culliver’s word.” The comments could not have come at a worse time for the 49ers and Culliver. The spotlight is on the NFL this week with the draft starting on Thursday. So Baalke can expect to have to answer questions about this any time he is in front of reporters until he announces what the team will do with Culliver.
For Culliver, he could be facing the prospect of being released for his latest dumb and offensive comments. The timing is bad for Culliver because if the 49ers plan to release him they can find a replacement in the upcoming draft. If he is released it would improve the chances of newly signed free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha making the team when the regular season starts.
Clearly, Culliver was not thinking clearly. I don’t see the logic in sharing a picture with offensive text messages to your 30,000 plus followers, let alone making them at all. This might be the last straw for the 49ers organization.
What do you think Niner fans? Should Culliver be given a slap on the wrist with just a fine? Suspended and fined? Released from the team? Answer in the comment section below.