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Chris Culliver arrested for alleged hit and run, possession of brass knuckles

Chris CulliverPerhaps it should come as no surprise that the same dude who got in big trouble Super Bowl week for his homophobic remarks also got arrested for an alleged hit and run and … to top it all off, possession of some brass knuckles.

Chris Culliver, a fourth-year defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested on Friday on felony charges of alleged hit and run and possession of the brass knuckles. Culliver allegedly hit a bicyclist and fled the scene. He was followed by a witness who saw him flee, and the witness cornered him in with his car. Culliver allegedly got out of his car, threatened the witness with brass knuckles, and hit the witness’ car as he left.

Police arrived on the scene and found the brass knuckles in Culliver’s car and arrested him. He was arrested for the two felonies and a misdemeanor for hitting the witness’ car.

Culliver was booked into jail and bailed out, according to KTVU.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver,” the 49ers said in a statement released to KTVU. “We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will reserve further comment at this time.”

Culliver was drafted by the Niners out of South Carolina in 2011. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

The week of the Super Bowl in 2013, Culliver made headlines for his anti-gay remarks, for which he later apologized. He also made headlines in April for his offensive comments about women.

Chris Culliver posted Instagram message that is offensive to women

Chris Culliver is proving that he did not learn much from his sensitivity training.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback, who infamously made homophobic comments at the Super Bowl, was at it again on Wednesday night.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Culliver posted a screenshot of a text message exchange to his Instagram account Wednesday night. In the text message exchange, it appears that Culliver referred to a woman as a “bitch” and women as “hoes.”

Chris Culliver Instagram

The 49ers say they are aware of the issue.

“We are aware of the matter, and it is being handled internally,” GM Trent Baalke said, via NFL.com’s Around the League.

Culliver’s rep told Larry Brown Sports that the message exchange the cornerback posted was a misunderstanding and not Culliver’s words.

It’s bad enough to casually refer to women in those terms, but it’s even dumber to then proudly share the conversation on social media. It’s quite apparent that Culliver isn’t too bright. Given the way he played in the Super Bowl and the controversies he’s caused, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Niners let him go.

Chris Culliver burned twice in Super Bowl

Chris Culliver Jacoby Jones

Karma may have caught up with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver during the Super Bowl.

The 49ers’ No. 3 corner was burned twice in the first half of the big game on Sunday, which seemed like payback for the homophobic remarks he made during the week.

In the first quarter, Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin beat out Culliver to catch a heave from Joe Flacco down the right side of the field that went for a 30-yard gain. The catch led to Boldin getting in Culliver’s face with some serious trash talk. Though that catch didn’t lead to any points for Baltimore, Culliver’s next blunder sure did.

Culliver was playing man-to-man coverage against Jacoby Jones on a third-and-ten play at the Baltimore 44-yard line late in the second quarter. He bit on the double-move by Jones and was beat by almost 10 yards. Flacco underthrew his pass, forcing Jones to stop to make the catch over Culliver. Jones wasn’t touched after he hit the ground, so he got up and attempted to score. All he had was Culliver in his way, and he juked the Niners DB and went left for the score.

Culliver apologized on Wednesday a few hours after his homophobic comments made national headlines. Not only did he cause the biggest distraction for the 49ers during the week, but he may also become one of the biggest reasons why the Niners lose.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan wants NFL to suspend Chris Culliver

Jon-Ryan-SeahawksSan Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has not made many friends during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, Culliver made some extremely homophobic remarks that have led to an apology from him and somewhat of a public reprimand from the team. Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan feels as though that is not nearly enough.

Ryan tweeted on Thursday night that he believes Culliver should be suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his comments.

I highly doubt that will happen. The NFL likely doesn’t want to get into disciplining people for their beliefs, but you can see why Ryan feels so strongly about it. There are almost certainly several gay players in the NFL at the moment, so Culliver’s discriminatory comments about homosexuals are no different than a player making racist remarks about one of their teammates or opponents.

As a professional athlete who gets paid top dollar, one of Culliver’s responsibilities is to know that there’s a time and a place to express opinions like that. The week leading up to the Super Bowl in front of a national audience is neither the time, nor the place.

Kwame Harris: Chris Culliver spreading ‘vitriol and hate’

Kwame HarrisFormer San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris (pictured) admonished current Niners CB Chris Culliver for making homophobic remarks during a Media Day interview on Tuesday.

Harris played for the Niners from 2003-2007. He is now openly gay, but that fact wasn’t publicized until this week when he it was revealed he was charged with domestic violence and assault against his ex-boyfriend.

Harris didn’t appreciate Culliver saying he wouldn’t want gay players in the 49ers’ locker room.

“It’s surprising that in 2013 Chris Culliver would use his 15 minutes to spread vitriol and hate,” Harris told NBC Bay Area. “I recognize that these are comments that he may come to regret and that he may come to see that gay people are not so different than straight people.”

Whether Culliver regrets the comments is unknown, but he did apologize in a statement most likely written by someone else. This clearly is not the type of distraction the Niners wanted going into the Super Bowl.

Chris Culliver apologizes for homophobic remarks

Chris CulliverSan Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has apologized for his homophobic remarks.

During an interview with Artie Lange on Tuesday at Media Day for the Super Bowl, Culliver said he wouldn’t want any gay players on his team. Hours after the comments began making headlines, he issued a statement.

“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,” he said in a statement.

Amazing how Culliver could do a 180 in so little time! And my, he comes across so eloquently in the statement compared to how he sounded in his interview with Lange!

The 49ers admonished Culliver for his remarks Wednesday, saying in a statement: “The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

It’s no surprise that Culliver apologized for his remarks. It’s only surprising that it took him so long to do so. This was the last distraction the Niners needed heading into the big game.

49ers CB Chris Culliver makes homophobic remarks (Audio)

Chris CulliverSan Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver made some homophobic remarks during a media day interview with Artie Lange at the Super Bowl on Tuesday.

Lange is a former Howard Stern sidekick and is known for asking off-the-wall questions. He asked Culliver — presumably in a joking fashion — if the 49ers had a gay player on the team. He got back a serious, homophobic response.

“I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that,” Culliver answered. “No. 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.”

Lange then asked Culliver if a gay player would be welcome on the team.

“Nah. Can’t be … in the locker room, man. Nah.”

When asked whether homosexual players should keep their sexuality a secret, Culliver suggested they don’t come out until 10 years after they have retired.

Culliver is a second-year player from South Carolina. He is the No. 3 cornerback on the team and a special teams contributor.

The remarks come at an interesting time for the Niners. Not only is San Francisco home to a large gay community, but it was recently revealed that former 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris, who played with the team from 2003-2007, is gay after he was charged with assaulting his ex-boyfriend. And in August, the 49ers became the first NFL team to film an “It Gets Better” video in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens. Apparently the video did not represent the feelings of everyone on the team.

The 49ers responded with a statement.

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

UPDATE: Culliver apologized in a statement issued later in the day.

H/T The Big Lead