A Super Bowl week controversy erupted when 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said a gay player wouldn’t be welcomed on the 49ers, but coach Jim Harbaugh says that Culliver’s comments don’t reflect the kind of person he is.
“There’s not malice in his heart. He’s not an ugly person. He’s not a discriminatory person,” Harbaugh said. “I really believe that this is something that he’ll learn and grow from.”
So why did Culliver say what he said? Harbaugh said Culliver was speaking without thinking, and that it wasn’t until he sat down and read the transcript of the comments he made to comedian Artie Lange that he realized he was wrong.
Harbaugh said he had spoken to Culliver but declined to get into any specifics about what he said. Harbaugh also reiterated what the team said in its statement, which is that the club rejects what Culliver said.
Culliver will meet the media this morning.