NEW ORLEANS -- Trent Dilfer, a former 49ers teammate of Kwame Harris, said Thursday that he wasn't surprised when it was revealed publically this week that Harris is gay. Nor was Dilfer surprised by comments by Chris Culliver that ignited a firestorm in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl.
"What happens when you stick a mic in front of a 25-year-old kid who has never thought this through is you're going to get some interesting remarks," said Dilfer, now an ESPN analyst.
Duriing an appearance on Artie Lange's podcast, Culliver was quoted as saying that neither he nor his 49ers teammates would welcome a gay player in the locker room. "No, ain't got no gay people on the team," Culliver said. "They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff."
Dilfer disagreed, saying an NFL locker room is no different than any other workplace environment.
"You're going to get interesting reactions, and I think that's the climate of an NFL locker room," Dilfer said. "Guys as they think it through and understand our cultural dynamic, I don't think (having a gay teammate) is that big of an issue. I really don't."
Harris was outed earlier this week when he was charged with assaulting an ex-boyfriend. Dilfer and Harris were teammates in 2007, and Dilfer said he considers Harris a friend.
"I'm not surprised," Dilfer said of the revelation, "And I'm not offended."
Dilfer touched on a variety of topics during a lengthy media session, including the future of backup quarterback Alex Smith. Dilfer, a friend and former teammate of Smith, said he hasn't talked to him in about a month but believes Smith would be a great fit for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. "Andy really likes Alex," Dilfer said.
Dilfer is a Santa Cruz native and Bay Area resident, but he wouldn't bite when asked for a prediction about Sunday's Super Bowl between two of his former teams. But Dilfer did hint at his choice.
"The NFC is much better than the AFC -- there's a dramatic difference," Dilfer said. "We'll see if that plays out in the Super Bowl."