NEW ORLEANS (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Thursday for anti-gay comments he made to a comedian during Super Bowl media day, saying “that’s not what I feel in my heart.”
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments,” Culliver said during an hour-long media session. “Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation.”
“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 remarks.
“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.”
The coach would not discuss if Culliver would face discipline from the team, such as a fine or loss of playing time.
“He pledged to grow from it,” Harbaugh said.
“I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that,” Culliver said during the one-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.”
“Nah. Can’t be … in the locker room, nah,” he said. “You’ve gotta come out 10 years later after that.”