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49ers cornerback apologizes for anti-gay remarks

Associated Press San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Thursday for anti-gay comments he made to a comedian during Super Bowl media day in New Orleans, saying “that’s not what I feel in my heart.” “I’m sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments,” Culliver said. “Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation.” He said he would welcome a gay teammate to the 49ers, a reversal of his remarks to Artie Lange two days earlier during an interview at the Super­dome. “I treat everyone equal,” Culliver said. “That’s not how I feel.” He added that he realized his comments were especially offensive to many people in San Francisco and the Bay Area, which is home to a large gay community. “I love San Francisco,” Culliver said. During the interview with Lange, Culliver responded to questions by saying he wouldn’t welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didn’t have any gay players, and if they did those players should leave. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh met privately with Culliver to discuss the matter. “I reject what he said,” Harbaugh said. “That’s not something that reflects the way the organization feels, the way the rest of the players feel.”


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