"I don't do the gay guys man," Culliver said to shock jock Artie Lange on Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports. "I don't do that."
In the interview, Lange asked Culliver if there are any gay players on the 49ers roster, "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they got to get up out of here if they do," Culliver said. "Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah ... can't be ... in the locker room man. Nah."
The 49ers were quick to respond Wednesday to Culliver's remarks. "The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], 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 community."
Hours after the 49ers released their statement, Culliver released a statement of his own through the team, "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."
Culliver's comments come on the heels of the recent allegations against former San Francisco offensive tackle Kwame Harris. Harris is alleged to have assaulted a former boyfriend in August. Harris was never outed as gay during his six-year career with the 49ers (2003-07) and Raiders (2008).
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Ironically, six months ago, San Francisco became the NFL's first team to join "It Gets Better," an anti-bullying campaign targeted at teenagers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Safety Donte Whitner was one of four players who made a video for the campaign, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "The 49ers are proud to join ItGetsBetter.org to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better," Whitner said according to the Mercury News. "On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise, it gets better."
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