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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chris Culliver Says He's Really Sorry for "Ugly" Comments About Gays

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge Issued a grammatically-correct apology
  • Issued a grammatically-correct apology

If you were waiting for that heartfelt apology from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, you got it. A day after telling the world what he really thinks about sharing a locker room with homosexuals, Culliver issued a statement trying to make things right with the world.

From Culliver:

"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. 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."

That's 180-degree turn from the anti-gay sentiments he spewed Tuesday night after comedian Artie Lang asked him if there were gay players on the team.

Here was what Culliver said:

"I don't do the gay guys man. 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."

No word on whether the 24-year-old player will face disciplinary action or a fine; however, the 49ers are definitely not pleased. The team issued a statement of its own Wednesday night censuring Culliver's remarks.

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

Expect to hear more from Culliver on this matter during a 49ers news conference later this morning.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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