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April 19, 2013
49ers again dealing with Chris Culliver and insensitive remarks


For the second time in two and a half months, the 49ers have issued a statement about cornerback Chris Culliver and insensitive remarks.

This time Culliver is in the spotlight for posting an Instagram conversation in which women are referred to as "bitch" and "hoes." The San Francisco Chronicle has a screen grab of the conversation here. The 49ers issued a statement from general manager Trent Baalke saying, "We are aware of the matter, and it is being handled internally."

Culliver made national headlines before the Super Bowl when, during Media Day, he told a Los Angeles-based shock jock that gays would not be welcomed in the 49ers locker room. Culliver quickly apologized, has taken sensitivity training and recently became involved with the Trevor Project, a group that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Culliver played well at cornerback during the 2012 regular season. But his comments about gays in the locker room were followed by the worst game of his professional career in the Super Bowl, one that included a blown coverage and a mistackle on a 56-yard touchdown catch by Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones.

The 49ers have a more crowded secondary than they did a year ago. All five cornerbacks from 2012 are back, and the team also signed free agent Nnamdi Asomugha earlier this month. The 49ers also could use one of their 13 draft picks on a cornerback. They have hosted at least two this month - Houston's D.J. Hayden and LSU's Tyrann Matthieu.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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