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Super Bowl 2013: 49ers CB Chris Culliver makes anti-gay remarks

San Francisco's defensive back told a radio host that he did not want to play with a gay teammate.

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Harbaugh brothers hold press conference

The Harbaugh brothers held a joint press conference Friday morning, just hours before they start their final practices of the week.

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49ers injury report from Thursday

Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were the only 49ers limited in Thursday's practice, but neither is expected to miss the Super Bowl.

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Terrell Suggs would 'welcome' gay teammate

Chris Culliver's comments on the possibility of an openly gay teammate quickly became the biggest story of Super Bowl week. Other players have now had an opportunity to give their take on the situation.

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Chris Culliver responds to anti-gay remarks

The 49ers cornerback spent his Thursday morning backpedaling at the team's press conference.

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Martellus Bennett has news for Chris Culliver

Gay teammates would not bother the Giants tight end.

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Chris Culliver releases statement

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver raised eyebrows with his remarks on Tuesday, which stated that any gay teammates would not be welcome in his locker room. On Wednesday, the 49ers released a statement "rejecting" Culliver's comments.

Later on Wednesday, Culliver released his own statement, which was relayed by Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated:

"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."

Obviously this is not at all the type of exposure that the 49ers were looking for in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, let alone to come out on Media Day when the sports news world is actively looking for sound bites from players.

Culliver was drafted by the 49ers in 2011 out of South Carolina. He has three interceptions and 82 tackles in his NFL career.

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