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49ers' Chris Culliver to Undergo Sensitivity Training in Wake of Anti-Gay Remark

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31:  Chris Culliver #29 of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the New Orleans Marriott on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

In light of inflammatory remarks he made about homosexuality, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training and education following Sunday's Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN).

Culliver will be working with a group called "The Trevor Project," which aids the LGBT community in crisis and suicide prevention. The group's public relations representative, Theodore Palmer, announced the arrangement on Saturday, per the Associated Press (via ESPN):

He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all. He's excited to learn. The plan is with The Trevor Project, and their concerns are that he is genuine about his words.

A second-year cornerback out of South CarolinaCulliver came under intense criticism after making anti-gay remarks on media personality Artie Lange's radio show on Tuesday. Lange asked Culliver whether he would be open to a gay teammate, and the cornerback responded by saying a homosexual teammate would not be welcome in the 49ers locker room.

"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver (per Yahoo! Sports). "I don't do that. 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. Nah."

Upon hearing Culliver's quotes, many were (understandably) outraged. Comments like Culliver's largely help perpetrate the stereotype of athletes having prejudices against homosexuality; a phenomenon that has been increasingly under the cultural microscope.

For their part, the 49ers issued a statement saying they "reject the comments" made by their player. Culliver later apologized for his homophobic remarks multiple times throughout the week, saying that his words were "not a reflection" of how he feels.

Whether he's truly apologetic or just trying to spin the public's opinion, it seems like Culliver will be putting actions behind his words of contrition. If Culliver uses his public platform to help bring recognition to organizations like The Trevor Project, perhaps some good can come of this ugly controversy.


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