Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has responded to San Francisco 49ers conrnerback Chris Culliver's anti-gay remarks.

Culliver, whose team will play the Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl, made his remarks during an interview with comedian-radio personality Artie Lange

“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.”

After team officials denounced his comments, Culliver apologized in a statement issued by the 49ers and again in front of the media. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

At a Ravens press conference held on Thursday, Ayanbadejo called Culliver's comments a learning experience.

“Being from the Bay Area myself, that's something that we really try to preach – love and acceptance of everybody,” he said. “So I really couldn't even say anything negative to the young man. It's one of those things that you have to live and you have to learn. In the words of Martin Luther King, you can't fight hate with hate, you have to fight hate with love.”

“I've preached since day 1 to my teammates, there are certain words you can't say,” Ayanbadejo added. “When they're around me, they know, if B.A. is around, you can't say gay in a derogatory manner. You can't say the three-letter 'f' word.”

“He's in the Bay Area, so it's real important there. It's pertinent and so I think he's going to learn and he's going to grow from it and he's going to be a better person for it.”