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Chris Culliver releases statement, will address media on Thursday

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We take a look at Chris Culliver's statement following his derogatory comments on Tuesday. He is expected to address the media as well on Thursday.

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In case you missed it yesterday, the big "blow-up" of Super Bowl week was Chris Culliver's comments to Artie Lange about gay players in the locker room. The 49ers were quick to issue a statement condemning the comments, and Culliver subsequently issued a statement as well via 49ers PR:

"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."

Maybe he means that, maybe he doesn't. Whatever the case, he will be appearing before the media Thursday morning during the 49ers media session. I'm going to attempt to swing by there and see what he has to say. I expect a lot of bland cliches and nothing particularly insightful, but maybe Cully will surprise us.

My only hope from all this is that he learns something, because it's hard for me to buy that these thoughts were in his head but he doesn't feel that way. I suppose maybe it isn't the complete picture of how he feels, but when you make derogatory comments based on thoughts in your head, I believe there is some basis in your belief system for them. Hopefully he gets a chance to learn from this and grow as a person.

Fooch's Update: I got some video of Culliver today as he met with the media:

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