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Mariucci in similar situation

February 1, 2013 - Burt Angeli
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver made anti-gay remarks during a Super Bowl media session.

Iron Mountain’s Steve Mariucci, head coach of the 49ers in 2002, experienced a similar situation when running back Garrison Hearst told a reporter he wouldn't want a homosexual teammate.

"We had a lot of patching up to do with that," Mariucci, now with the NFL Network, told the San Jose Mercury News.

"I know Garrison felt sad about what he said. We had a whole team meeting about it. I'm not sure if attitudes changed, but we had a heck of a discussion. Everybody got up and talked about what they felt. It was fascinating. I think we all were better for it."

By the way, three-time MVP Brett Favre will join the NFL Network for Super Bowl coverage. Favre signed on because he wanted to work with friends like Mariucci, Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp. Mariucci coached Favre with the Packers.

 
 

 

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