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  • Chris Culliver The 49ers cornerback disparaged women on Instagram. Before the Super Bowl, he made headlines when he said gays would not be welcomed in San Francisco's locker room.

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    The 49ers cornerback disparaged women on Instagram. Before the Super Bowl, he made headlines when he said gays would not be welcomed in San Francisco's locker room.

49ers' Culliver targets women this time

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 7:03 pm

For the second time in 21/2 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 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 in February when, during Media Day, he told a Los Angeles-based radio 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 in 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 against Baltimore, one that included a blown coverage and a missed tackle on a 56-yard touchdown catch by Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

The 49ers' secondary is more crowded than it was 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 Mathieu.

Grant suspended – Larry Grant, who showed he was a starting-caliber linebacker when he filled in well for injured Patrick Willis in 2011, has received only tepid interest as a free agent.

On Friday, the league revealed why.

Grant has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Grant (Foothill High School) has visited the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots but remains unsigned. Despite the suspension, Grant can participate in offseason practices and preseason games once he signs with a team.

Grant started three games at the end of 2011 and finished with 39 tackles and a forced fumble that preserved a win in Seattle.

He mostly played on special teams for the 49ers in 2012, blocking a punt in a blowout win over the Jets.

Grant's agent declined comment.

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320.

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