Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers cornerback, has said a gay player would not be welcome on his team.

Culliver, whose team will play the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl, made his remarks during an interview with comedian-radio personality Artie Lange, who is best known for his appearances on The Howard Stern Show and the sketch comedy series MADtv.

“And what about gay guys? Any of them approach you?” Lange asked.

“No, I don't do the gay guys. Man, I don't do that.”

“Are any on the 49ers?”

“No, we don't got no gay people on the team,” Culliver, 24, answered. “You know, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff.”

“Really, is that true?”

“Yeah, it's true.”

“They might be able to play well,” Lange said.

“Nah … can't be … in the locker room man. Nah.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The 49ers issued a statement denouncing Culliver's comments. And by Wednesday evening, Culliver himself had apologized for his remarks in a statement issued by the team.

“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” Culliver said. “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.”