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                 === 49ers issue statement on Culliver flap ===
 
 Santa  Clara,  CA  (Sports  Network)  - The  San  Francisco  49ers  sought  to
 distance  themselves  from comments  made by  cornerback Chris Culliver during
 Tuesday's media day, issuing a statement on Wednesday.
 
 "The  San  Francisco 49ers reject  the comments  that were made yesterday, and
 have  addressed the  matter with Chris," the club said in an issued statement.
 "There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We
 have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."
 
 Culliver  was asked  by former Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange if there were
 any gay players on the 49ers, to which Culliver reportedly said -- as revealed
 in  the San Francisco  Chronicle: "No, we don't got no gay people on the team,
 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 man."
 
 Those  sentiments contradicted an answer given by San Francisco head coach Jim
 Harbaugh  back  in November, who said  he had "no discrimination in his heart"
 and  that his  expectations of a player who  was gay would be the same for any
 other on the team.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/30 21:00:53 ET