NEW ORLEANS (AP) -San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Wednesday for anti-gay remarks he made during a Super Bowl media day interview a day earlier.

“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 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 said earlier Wednesday they had addressed the comments, but didn’t elaborate on whether the second-year player would face disciplinary action or a fine.

During an interview Tuesday at the Superdome, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn’t welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didn’t have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave.

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris,” the team said. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

Culliver planned to formally address his remarks during a news conference during the 49ers’ media availability Thursday morning, according to his personal public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.

The interview Tuesday began with Lange asking Culliver about his sexual plans with women during Super Bowl week. Lange followed up with a question about whether Culliver would consider pursuing a gay man.

“I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that,” Culliver said during the 1-minute taped interview. “Ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”

Lange asked Culliver to reiterate his thoughts, to which the player said, “It’s true.” He added he wouldn’t welcome a gay teammate – no matter how talented.

“Nah. Can’t be … in the locker room, nah,” he said. “You’ve gotta come out 10 years later after that.”

The 24-year-old Culliver, a third-round draft pick in 2011 out of South Carolina, made 47 tackles with two interceptions and a forced fumble this season while starting six games for the NFC champion Niners (13-4-1).

He had his first career postseason interception in San Francisco’s 28-24 win at Atlanta for the NFC title.

The 49ers participate in the NFL’s “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign. The city of San Francisco and progressive, open-minded Bay Area are home to a large gay community.

Messages left for a 49ers spokesman weren’t immediately returned.

(Photo: AP)

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8 thoughts on “49ers’ Chris Culliver Sorry for Anti-Gay Comments

  1. So sad that a number of vocal folks in the so-called ‘black community’ come across as bigoted, uneducated hypocrites by using the exact same arguments white racists used to justify segregation and miscegenation laws some 40 years ago. If it wasn’t for an openly gay black man that put together a certain March on Washington many years ago, you wouldn’t have the freedom you have now either. Please learn your history, read about Bayard Rustin, and stop hating on fellow humans struggling against discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, medical benefits and yes, marriage.

  2. We have a right to disagree, and people have a right to respond. Luckily, our country has had resilence in eventually providing full civil rights to oppressed minority groups. There will come a day when people don’t see gay or straight. I am confident about that!

  3. Your right, But we as Americans are so sensitive about a person opinion, This guy don’t like homosexuals that’s his right and it his right to say that, it been a right of Americans to say the N word for years but if I fall into that trap I’m a racist too. I consider myself a man of color but I’m an American we should see not black or white, like I said I don’t have a problem with homosexual , but at the same time I don’t agree with. We do have the right to disagree with something.

    • Sadly, it isn’t funny. Straight privilege and discrimination have deep roots. People should not be judged by the color of their skin or their sexual orientation, but by the content of their character. Inflammatory statements by this athlete are not only a distraction, but run against the brand of the company he is representing.

  4. Why are homosexual so sensitive please stop, all a homosexual have to talk about is that they are homosexual. And when someone speaks out a negative statement their feelings are hurt, please stop wearing your heart on your sleeve. And i listen to Homosexuals speak and they say i been gay since i was 10, and that makes me think how many other little boys have you confused at that age to make them think they were homosexual. I don’t have a problem with homosexual but stop acting like you deserve better treatment than anyone else.

    • Why are blacks so sensitive please stop, all a black have to talk about is that they are homosexual. And when someone speaks out a negative statement their feelings are hurt, please stop wearing your heart on your sleeve… I don’t have a problem with blacks but stop acting like you deserve better treatment than anyone else.

      • Why are blacks so sensitive please stop, all a black have to talk about is that they are black. And when someone speaks out a negative statement their feelings are hurt, please stop wearing your heart on your sleeve… I don’t have a problem with blacks but stop acting like you deserve better treatment than anyone else.

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