San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Culliver has now released a statement in which he apologizes for his anti-gay comments, claiming that those “discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart.”
Culliver’s original comments:
“I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that, no. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, you know, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah … can’t be in the locker room. Nah.”
“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.”
Sports Illustrated senior writer Jim Trotter, who tweeted the apology, adds, via Twitter:
is there anyone who believes this statement came from culliver’s heart? didn’t think so.
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) January 31, 2013
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