49ers suspended player 1 month ago for criticizing team, coach. No suspension today for Culliver attacking gays.

Just last month, the San Francisco 49ers suspended a player, running back Brandon Jacobs, for derogatory comments he made about his bosses at the 49ers.   He was suspended for the rest of the seasons.  This is relevant since 49er cornerback Chris Culliver today made derogatory comments about potentially closeted-gay teammates, suggesting they should get out of the NFL, and the 49ers do not appear to have suspended him, or done anything disciplinary at all.

First, here are some of the comments that got Jacobs suspended last month by the 49ers.  Note that the comments disparage the team generally, but also his “boss” in particular:

”I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said in an Instagram post Saturday. ”This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”…

Last month, Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working ”in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work” with a hash tag of ”YouLiveAndYouLearn.”

A few points.

1. The 49ers went public with the disciplinary action about Jacobs.  Why aren’t they going public with what they did, or didn’t do, to discipline Chris Culliver?  All they’ll say about Culliver is that they “addressed” it.  What does that mean?  And why the double standard about feeling free to broadcast how they addressed Jacobs’ big mouth but not telling us how they addressed  Culliver’s?

2. If Jacobs was suspended for criticizing his team generally, and his boss in particular, then why shouldn’t Chris Culliver be suspended for criticizing closeted teammates and closeted bosses – he might in fact have both, and he certainly made the work environment more hostile for potential gay coaches and teammates in the future.

It’s not a far leap to reach the conclusion that the 49ers think criticizing a coach is a far worse offense than anti-gay hate generally, and creating a hostile workplace for gay teammates and coaches in particular.

Why the hypocrisy, 49ers?  Maybe someone should ask them: @49ers

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14 Responses to “49ers suspended player 1 month ago for criticizing team, coach. No suspension today for Culliver attacking gays.”

  1. karmanot says:

    The recent team interview with the owner and president just confirmed that outrage and blames the victim. My team support is withdrawn.

  2. wearing out my F key says:

    wait a minute! you’re telling me that, before the playoffs started, san fran waived a 30 year old 4th string running back who was inactive for the first eleven weeks of the season, suspended for the last three weeks, gained 7 yards on 5 carries, and complained constantly? but they refuse to dismiss their starting nickle back on the eve of the super bowl for an off-hand comment? some guy who had 35 tackles, 7 defended passes, and a pick?


    i know next to nothing about sports in general, or football in particular, but i do know one super bowl party that’s going to be a lot less fabulous!

  3. Indigo says:

    No suspension? Who are they again? The SF 49ers? Some country bumpkin team?

  4. News Nag says:

    Uh, it wasn’t the Super Bowl a month ago. Not that it should matter, but you asked the question.

  5. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Jacobs sucked this year; he wasn’t disciplined for the tweets, they were just a convenient excuse to get rid of him. The 9ers have since released him.

  6. met00 says:

    Proper response for the organization.

    Start pulling players together and have them publicly state that they disagree with the comments that were made. Then come out with a statement that the organization will provide a sum of money matching Culliver’s salary for the game to The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center. The announcement will co-inside with Rebecca Rolfe being added to the organization to work with players and staff on a more inclusive environment for all.

    Yes, Culliver is a bigoted moron who wouldn’t be anywhere if he didn’t have some natural talent, a bit of luck and worked hard to play the game. Remember that football players are not all geniuses and can’t all have been educated at a great school (LAHS – which has student run anti-bully, LGBT and other positive programs) like Chris Kluwe. Some of them come from backwards communities where macho is beating the crap out of those that are weaker or different. Heck the latest out of Culliver’s HS is Scotty McCreery…

  7. sherman says:

    They had the first retired player to come out – Dave Kopay in 1977. Per wiki “Since Kopay, only four additional former NFL Players have come out as gay, Roy Simmons in 1992, Esera Tuaolo in 2002 , Wade Davis in 2012 and Kwame Harris in 2013”. I give Dave lots of kudos. He had a big effect on my life.

  8. dsguy82 says:

    Has anyone pointed out that the 49’s have already HAD a closeted player? So it doesn’t have to be an abstract concept about him insulting a possible teammate, because he has already had one to be offend. Gays ARE in the NFL, like they are in all aspects of life, and they have every right to be, just like he does!

  9. mboro43 says:

    Better wake up

  10. FunMe says:


  11. cole3244 says:

    this is simple, when your IQ is smaller than your jock size this is the result.

  12. sherman says:

    Maybe because what Jacobs said was perfectly clear, but what Culliver said apparently was not.

    “Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone,” Palmer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “His intent was not that at all. He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong.”


    See, it is OUR fault for interpreting it wrong, so no need to discipline Culliver.

  13. usagi says:

    How about Violin Memory (http://www.violin-memory.com/i/) and and Brocade Communications Systems (http://www.brocade.com/company/contacting-brocade/Contacting-Brocade.page) “Founding Sponsors” of the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara?
    I wonder how their HR policies are written and if this could jeopardize the funding agreements?

  14. FunMe says:

    John’s mad. I’m glad!

    Now whom do we contact to have a major impact?

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