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Chris Culliver keeps his promise, plans to volunteer at gay support center

Maggie Hendricks
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San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver created a firestorm the week before the Super Bowl with controversial comments made during a radio interview. At the time, Culliver said he didn't want a gay player on his team.

Just a month later, Culliver spent a day at the Trevor Project's Los Angeles office. He also paid for an educator from the organization that provides crisis support for LQBT young people to meet with him.

Culliver's comments before the Super Bowl were widely criticized.

''Ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff ... Can't be ... in the locker room, nah,'' he said. ''You've gotta come out 10 years later after that.''

Considering how players like Baltimore's Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota's Chris Kluwe had been supportive of a gay player coming out, Culliver's words were surprising. They were particularly controversial in San Francisco, a city that is historically welcoming to the LGBT community.

Culliver apologized and promised to undergo sensitivity training. He came through on that promise, and also says he wants to volunteer. The staff at the Trevor Project don't doubt his sincerity.

"Chris is a young guy himself," spokeswoman Laura McGinnis said to the Sacramento Bee. "He reached out to The Trevor Project. And that's a good thing."

Culliver's comments were offensive and not thought out, but he is making amends in a way that could end up helping LGBT youth who need it. McGinnis is right. That's a good thing.

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