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posted Friday, February 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 5
49ers' Culliver apologizes for anti-Gay comments
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49ers' Culliver apologizes for anti-Gay comments

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver was being interviewed by comedian and radio host Artie Lange on Tuesday night, January 29, when Lange asked him if there were any Gay players in the NFL.

'I don't do the Gay guys, man,' Culliver responded. 'I don't do that.'

Lange asked if he thought there were any Gay players currently on the 49ers team.

'No, we don't got no Gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff.'

On Thursday, Culliver issued an apology for the remarks, which he made during a pre-Super Bowl media event.

'The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,' Culliver said, in a statement released by the team. 'It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.'

The 49ers also released a statement Wednesday:

'The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris,' the statement said. 'There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.'

Culliver, who is in his second year with the team, is slated to play Sunday as a cornerback and special-teams player.

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