NEW ORLEANS — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized Wednesday night for anti-gay remarks he made during a Super Bowl media day interview a day earlier. Culliver played high school football at Garner and college football at South Carolina.
The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel, he said in a statement released by the team. 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 49ers said earlier Wednesday they had addressed the comments, but didnt elaborate on whether the second-year player would face disciplinary action or a fine.
During an interview Tuesday at the Superdome, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldnt welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didnt have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave.
The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris, the team said. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.
Lewis agitated, not angry: Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he never, ever took the stuff.
Lewis described himself as agitated, not angry, that the story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimores game against the San Francisco 49ers.
He added that hes certain his teammates wont be distracted by the report in Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone. Lewis, 37, is the leading tackler in the NFL postseason after returning from a torn right triceps that sidelined him for 10 games.
In a private conversation with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, and later in the public setting of a news conference, Lewis distanced himself from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS). SI reported that company owner Mitch Ross recorded a call with Lewis hours after the player hurt his arm in an October game against Dallas. According to the report, Lewis asked Ross to send him deer-antler spray and pills, along with other items made by the company.
I dont need it. My teammates dont need it. The 49ers dont need it. Nobody needs it, Lewis said.
Sandy Hook chorus to perform: The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing America the Beautiful before the game.
The chorus will feature 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 20 shooting rampage.
The performance will be part of CBS pre-game show, and will be broadcast live.
Around the NFL
Indianapolis: The Colts added two assistant coaches to their staff Hal Hunter and Tim Berbenich.
Seattle: Linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested in Renton, Wash., after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will. According to a release from the Issaquah Police Department on Wednesday, Hill was arrested on investigation of unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence.