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49ers' Chris Culliver Says Gay Teammate Unwelcome, Then Apologizes

By    |   Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:07 AM

San Francisco 49ers cornerbacker Chris Culliver came out swinging with remarks against homosexuality in pro football, only to apologize for his comments just a day later.

Culliver made homophobic comments on a radio show with shock-jock host Artie Lange on Tuesday, just days before the NFC champs are set to take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

During the interview, Culliver insisted he won't tolerate men on his team who identify as homosexual.

"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, who is set to play in the big game this Sunday. "I don't do that. 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. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."

Lange asked Culliver if pro football players need to conceal their homosexuality in order to be successful.

"Yeah, come out 10 years later after that," he responded in the interview, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 24-year-old player apologized Wednesday night for the comments.

"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," he said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. "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."

Culliver's spokesman, Theodore Palmer, issued a more detail statement as well.

"Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone," Palmer said. "He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong."

The 49ers also released a statement.

"The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris," it 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."

Some did not accept Culliver's apology. One Huffington Post columnist called Culliver's apologies "nonsensical" and wrote he should be suspended for his anti-gay remarks.

Another writer at America Blog pointed out a 49ers player was recently suspended for a month for making derogatory comments about the team's owner.

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