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Super Bowl Cornerback Says Gay Players Would Not Be Welcome On His Team

Come on! You play in San Francisco!

1. San Francisco 49ers corner Chris Culliver was interviewed by Artie Lange about gays in the NFL. He sounded less than enlightened.

D. Ross Cameron/Contra Costa Times / MCT

2. He continued about whether he could play with such a player.

Ross D. Franklin / AP

3. When asked if players should be forced to keep their homosexuality secret, Culliver responded:

Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee / MCT

4. The 49ers PR staff’s probable response:

Ours too by the way…

5. You can listen to the interview here:

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7. UPDATE: The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter.

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

— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy)

#49ers statement: “The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris…— Bay Area Sports Guy

...There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy)

…There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”— Bay Area Sports Guy

9. UPDATE II: Culliver issued a statement as well, tweeted by SI’s Jim Trotter.

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

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter)

culliver: “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. (cont)— Jim Trotter

"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. ..

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter)

“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. ..— Jim Trotter

"Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.” (end)

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter)

“Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.” (end)— Jim Trotter

12. Trotter was skeptical:

is there anyone who believes this statement came from culliver's heart? didn't think so.

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter)

is there anyone who believes this statement came from culliver’s heart? didn’t think so.— Jim Trotter

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