Chris Culliver issues apology for anti-gay comments


After declaring Tuesday that a gay teammate would not be welcome in the San Francisco 49ers' locker room, cornerback Chris Culliver has released a statement apologizing for the remarks.

"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," Culliver said in a statement released by the 49ers on Wednesday night. "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."

Considering the unequivocal nature of the organization's denouncement of the remarks, it's hardly a surprise that Culliver's apology came quickly and clearly.

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