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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.

“’I know there are gay athletes and some are already speaking out on the issue,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who is openly gay.
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FOX40 file image of Michael Crabtree

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San Francisco Police said Friday that they are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Investigators say the alleged assault happened in the early morning Jan. 13 in a San Francisco hotel.

Crabtree and his lawyer have been interviewed by officers and are cooperating with the investigation, according to police. He has not been detained or arrested.

“We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities. The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke in a written statement.

Crabtree and the 49ers left Friday for Atlanta, where they are scheduled to play the Falcons in the NFC Championship game Sunday.

You can catch the game at noon Sunday on FOX40.

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The San Francisco 49ers are making back-to-back trips to the playoffs for the first time since the ’97 and ’98 seasons.

“You really don’t get too many opportunities like this, so let’s just try to go out and do it,”  said running back Frank Gore.

Gore and his teammates understand that making it to the post season is a privilege that they fought for, and is not guaranteed.

The Niners practiced Wednesday for Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, what wide receiver Michael Crabtree describes as a “big game, a big stage.”

It’s also a big stage that the Packers are used to, and they’re looking to make up for falling short in last season’s playoffs.

Coach John Harbaugh relies on veterans like Gore, Randy Moss and Vernon Davis to give the rest of the team an extra sense of urgency.

“To actually talk to guys that have been there (playoffs) and played in those battles, it’s good to hear from them,” Harbaugh told reporters.

You can catch the 49ers face off against the Packers Saturday at 5 p.m. on FOX40.

Ian McDonald contributed to this report.

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The new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is under construction, much like the team’s game plan this weekend versus the Arizona Cardinals.

The mediocre-at-best Cardinals may have a 5 – 10 record, but coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick say this is no time to slack off.

“This week we’re trying to get a win, that’s the only thing we’re focused on right now,” Kaepernick told FOX40 on Wednesday.

After getting slapped around in Seattle, the 49ers are warming up for the last game of the regular season against a team looking to play the role of spoiler.

“We know what they’re capable of. Sometimes in a game like this, anything goes and their mindset will be to win the game,” Harbaugh said. The team needs this win to claim the NFC West title.

Nose tackle and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois says he expects the Cardinals to play Houdini to try and stop them, “They give you every challenge in the book that they want, just because they’re not in the playoffs. That’s the biggest thing, you gotta worry about a team that’s got nothing to lose, so they can come out with every trick play.”

With wide receiver Mario Manningham out for the season with a knee injury and tight end Vernon Davis questionable following a concussion against Seattle Sunday, Harbaugh is looking at the team’s youngest players to fill the gaps.

“AJ will step up, we’ll look at a couple of other options at receiver, but that group will have to step up,” Harbaugh said.

Sunday’s game will be the first action rookie, first round, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will see this season and he’s got a simple plan to start.

“Hopefully I get that first catch this weekend,” Jenkins said.

The star out of Illinois says sitting on the bench has been a new role for him, but he’s learned from it. “I’m willing to learn from like Randy Moss and Crabtree, so I’m not really looking at it like ‘I’m not playing, I’m not good’ – I mean I’m learning from the best in the game, so I’m cool with that,” said Jenkins.

After a demoralizing loss in Seattle, running back Frank Gore sums up the 49ers desire best.

“We upset about last week and we got to win, you know?” Gore told FOX40.

Gary Gelfand takes a tour of an exclusive group of 49er fans known for their tailgating parties, and talks to one man who married into the group.

Gary Gelfand talks to San Francisco 49er fans about how they feel about Candlestick Park’s final season.

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The 49ers will take on the Bears Monday night without quarterback Alex Smith, but Chicago will be starting a fresh face, too, since Jay Cutler is out.

Turlock native Colin Kaepernick will start as quarterback at Candlestick Park.

Below are some photos from FOX40′s crew at the game.

The last two teams to face San Francisco were speed bumps.

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