The San Francisco 49ers released a statement Wednesday rejecting anti-gay comments made by Cornerback Chris Culliver.
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, 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,” the statement read.
In an interview with radio host Artie Lange, Culliver was asked about homosexuality and the NFL.
“I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that,” Culliver said.
Culliver also suggested gay players wouldn’t be welcome, at least by him, on the team.
“No, we don’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out of here if they do,” Culliver said.
Later Wednesday afternoon, Culliver issued an apology through the team’s public relations department.
“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,” the statement read.
No NFL player has been openly gay while playing professionally, though some have come out after retiring. One notable example is former 49ers Offensive Tackle Kwame Harris, who retired in 2008 after a season with the Oakland Raiders.