Friday, December 15, 2017
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Corner will help gay kids

NEW ORLEANS — 49ers CB Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education after the Super Bowl then likely start volunteering with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.

Tuesday, Culliver said he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room, the 49ers didn't have any gay players and, if they did, they should leave. He apologized Thursday.

Culliver will work with "The Trevor Project," which provides crisis and suicide intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

"(Culliver is) so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," group spokesman Theodore Palmer said Saturday. "He is genuine about his words."

Culliver said he realizes some will question his sincerity.

"I hope people understand because it's coming directly from me and I'm talking to the whole world," Culliver said. "It is not (how I feel) in my heart."

Final preparations: Both teams did walk-throughs of about 15 minutes at the Superdome before meetings Saturday night. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said the only surprise was the stadium lights were brighter than when his team played the Saints there Nov. 25. Otherwise, both he and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said they were happy with their players' preparation all week.

Consolation prize: Jell-O will give away free cups of chocolate pudding in the losing team's city on Tuesday. Fans will be able to download a coupon off the company's website.

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