49ers’ Chris Culliver to work with gay, lesbian youth
After San Francisco 49ers’ corner back Chris Culliver said he wouldn’t accept an openly gay player on his team earlier this week, he quickly issued an apology saying that “those discriminating feelings are not truly in my heart.” Now, Culliver will have the chance to work with an LGBT group known as the Trevor Project.
Culliver’s publicist issued a statement this weekend saying Culliver would spend the week following the Super Bowl working with the Trevor Project. The group works to help youth learn about suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
“We really feel that education about LGBT youth and the challenges they face is a great way to get (Chris) started on the right path,” said Lauren McGinnis, communications director for The Trevor Project, “especially since he’s a role model.”
Among those counseling Culliver is his cousin, Andrew Brown, a director of the documentary “Word Is Out” about the experiences of gays and lesbians. “Brown has come forward in support of Chris and his efforts to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary,” according to a press release from The Trevor Project.
It is nice to see that Culliver is trying to be proactive about his approach to the gay community.
Although, call me a pessimist, I think Culliver is simply trying to save face now.