Wetzel on Culliver: 'I think he said what he meant'
We are in New Orleans and things are heating up heading towards Sunday in Super Bowl 47 that. Earlier today I had a chance to speak with the national sports columnist Dan Wetzel from Yahoo! Sports hears that conversation. The media cycle continues here during Super Bowl week and one day it's the Randy Moss comments but then on this state comments made by a forty niner Chris cover. He was on a radio interview. With RD line you happen to be on the station at the time. So you help us play this thing out what happened on the radio show -- -- TV shall find the Jets is TV show arguing as he interviewed. Oliver at the media day any asked them a number of Joseph questions you'd expect from. -- line them -- one of our parties things is that the NFL as the last bastion of accepted homophobia. Any ask them why. I don't know the exact -- met YE. Would you be okay with a gay teammate there are that he said are there any gay -- do you have any gay teammates think Oliver went on. And he went on and away and we've seen the comments earlier in the show we heard the comments earlier in our program in your interpretation when you heard it what did you think. Chris -- was saying. Ron Forsberg he was saying whether it's often accepted thought process in the NFL as -- that they are not welcome in the locker room. I you know I thought he did the idea to not think it was just a single. Confusion -- slip of the tongue or something like that I think he I think he I think he said what he meant. I think you -- was relaxed into. Speaking on -- subject that he probably wouldn't ever shouldn't have been discussing most likely would have brought it up on his own right he was asked about it in in the conversation. It it wasn't a point counterpoint show was a fun and laugh and it's it's a 102 the art of and Artie -- and -- -- -- the did the pursue your perspective on this is the story gonna get how much legs is the story and again. I imagine oh they'll come out and apologize or some of my data and I think it's it's an issue but I don't really know there should be no debate on this I mean. Obviously we should be able have gay professional athletes -- we have none right now. -- that there's never been an openly gay NFL player is a problem and not just for the NFL. But more than that drives it down there's no openly gay college football players 101000 divisional college football players the high school level things like that. The football if we can have yeah. Homosexuals fighting on the front lines of wars. You can't tell me that the NFL can't tell opened up and and deal of this so. Maybe it maybe it helps the process I don't know -- let's turn our attention on the actual game itself and in doing that we go back to. That media -- the media cycle also want Tuesday gave us ray Lewis and -- spray I'm not sure you're familiar with -- -- -- not easy it was for myself you did write something about this did Ray Lewis defend himself strong enough on Tuesday. I guess not because he had asked about it again but I actually think he would have been better off on Wednesday. Just saying no common Garrity answer that I think today he comes out very aggressive. Calls the guy coward. Says he didn't do it says there's nothing to it. There's more to the story than I don't know whether he took the -- I don't know if this stuff works but this clearly. Our relationship between. The accuser and Ray Lewis on this subject so. I think actually by coming out so strong and making it such a big story. It goes on again this is a media vacuum we have to talk about something we have to write about something. And Ray Lewis is is going to be for this is -- Ray Lewis is Super Bowl right now and it's really in all these stories are really positive about anything it's just all. You know who said watney who who's in this controversy in what happens next though in this story is this the end will it become more of a distraction for the Baltimore Ravens or. As my colleague Bill Romanowski pointed out. Can the Ravens turn this into a positive for them it's their us against the world against us moment -- Where they turned and they say this is where we can come to ray -- up protection I think that's -- it would it would happen if it has any impact at all it's a veteran group -- huge personalities there. Guys like Suggs Ray Rice Ed Reed these guys don't care about defending Ray Lewis is is an apology -- Ray Lewis scares -- any thing. You know we turned into while your attacking our leader you're attacking our guy but I think it has no impact on the game. It's not really a story they're not gonna suspend Ray Lewis for the for the Super Bowl he's going to retire. If these it's they can't even test sport no one knows that works this is really just I don't know what the story as except. Some of the time -- against time filler we got to. I'd like -- and everybody really wrong with that a lot of guys obviously paid their attention to the starting quarterbacks. You did something different when he comes in Yahoo! Sports you looked at the guy who was the starter Alex Smith. How can this guy not being gnashing his teeth. Saying man -- and that should be neat you found a different Alex Smith right yeah I was really -- out Smith I think he actually was a better role model. I am always here as everybody knows what it's like to -- to not get the sale to not to get demoted to knock at the promotion whatever it is to get looked over. And the hard part is for Alex Smith the rest of us don't have to sit there for an hour an answer to the national media how this happened how you feeling -- we go over it. But we'll have to deal with that he handles it great -- he expresses disappointment yeah it was his starter. What he's clearly 100% behind -- predict he understands how precious it is to win a Super Bowl. Even if it's in a backup role I think Ausmus doing a great job with this and and the 49 should be happy they have a guy's not causing any trouble. But if that turning it into as much of a positive as possible and if you haven't read that one go to Yahoo! Sports -- read Dan Wetzel national columnist Yahoo! Sports thanks for your insights I'm sure more stories will. Play out as the week goes on make up some carry -- my thanks to join his -- alive.
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel explains what happened that led to Chris Culliver's controversial comments in New Orleans.