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January 31, 2013

Culliver says anti-gay comments not what's in his heart

NEW ORLEANS – San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Thursday for anti-gay comments he made during a Media Day interview Tuesday with comedian Artie Lange.

Culliver, who went to high school at Raleigh and played at South Carolina, issued a statement Wednesday expressing regret for his remarks. On Thursday morning, he apologized repeatedly while facing a media scrum that was larger than those surrounding any player in the 49ers' team hotel.

“It's not what I felt. That's why I'm addressing the situation today,” Culliver said. “I support gay people, gay communities and different anything. I'm sorry that I made that comment, that I hurt anyone or made any comment that might affect them, the organization, the NFL, anything like that.”

Culliver said he has relatives who are gay, and that he “cleared it up” with them, as well.

“I talked to them about it. Some people contacted me. I just talked to them about it and moved on,” Culliver said. “They understand where I was coming from. That's why they called me directly. They heard from me.”

Culliver said he was “just kidding around” when he told Lange – in response to a question – that the 49ers did not have any gay players, and he wouldn't welcome a gay teammate in the locker room.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh would not divulge his conversation with Culliver about the matter, but said he does not believe Culliver's remarks reflected his true feelings.

“There's not malice in his heart. He's not an ugly person. He's not a discriminatory person,” Harbaugh said. “I really believe that this is something that he'll learn and grow from.”

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

Comments

"went to high school at Raleigh". Another masterpiece by Joe Person, too lazy to even find out exactly what school the kid went to. I'm from Nashville. So I guess I went to school "at Nashville".

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jan 31, 2013 1:02:02 PM

he shouldn't have apologized....

Posted by: big gulps | Jan 31, 2013 5:02:37 PM

So the media game is to ask athletes off hand questions that are controversial and then hammer them repeatedly in the news if they don't give a PC response until they apologize. Why was it OK to even ask him about it? Shouldn't Artie Lange be hounded into apologizing for bringing it up?

Posted by: Sports don | Feb 3, 2013 12:00:54 AM

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