As most of you have heard already, Chris Culliver's comments against gays in the NFL became public today. This news saddens me for many reasons, the least of which being that he said these things four days before the biggest game of his life. It is disheartening that he feels this way to begin with, but it is downright embarassing that he is willing to speak these things out loud. I feel ashamed that this man is on my favorite team, and I am sure I'm not alone. As a nation, we have taken steps (mostly baby steps, but steps nonetheless) towards creating a more welcoming, accepting, and peaceful nation. Comments like Culliver's have certainly set at least the NFL back. Statistically, it is almost a certainty that there are gay players in the NFL, yet there has never been an openly gay player in the league. And with players like Chris Culliver speaking out like this, who would want to come out? It seems as though there is still a very un-welcoming environment for gay players in the NFL. I'm sure Culliver isn't the only player who feels this way, but here is my reply to him: Shut up. Keep your mouth shut and learn some tolerance. Tolerance isn't great. Tolerance isn't acceptance. But tolerance (or the act of tolerating) will at least make you not sound like such a jackass. As long as Chris Culliver is on this team, I will not root for him. I will not cheer for him. If he makes a game-sealing interception on Sunday, I will cheer for my team. I will cheer for the defense. But not for Chris Culliver.