The San Francisco 49ers issued a public apology yesterday after details of a training video shown to players last year became public. The video, designed to be part of diversity training for players, contained ethnic jokes, sexually explicit material and nudity.
"The video is offensive in every manner," 49ers co-owners John and Denise York said in a written statement. "We deeply regret that anyone from our organization would produce such senseless, inexcusable material. A thorough investigation of this issue has been ongoing for some time, and actions and disciplines have been taken. . . . The individuals responsible for producing the video have left or are leaving our employment."
The details of the video were reported yesterday by the San Francisco Chronicle after the newspaper obtained a copy of the tape. Kirk Reynolds, the team's public relations director, told the paper he is pursuing another business opportunity but is not being forced to leave the club.
Reynolds appeared in the video, at one point being hugged by three topless women while wearing only a towel. Reynolds also impersonated San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the video, part of which was filmed in Newsom's office. Newsom condemned the video, telling KTVU-TV in San Francisco that it was "reprehensible." . . .
Tailback Brian Westbrook reported to the Eagles' voluntary passing camp and signed a one-year contract apparently worth $1.43 million, the tender offer that the team made to him in restricted free agency earlier in the offseason. . . .
The Seahawks could release troubled wide receiver Koren Robinson. The Tacoma News Tribune reported that Robinson entered a not-guilty plea in Kirkland Municipal Court on Tuesday after being arrested on May 6 in Medina, Wash., and charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence. Robinson served a four-game suspension last season for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and twice was benched by Coach Mike Holmgren for violating team rules. . . .
Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is to meet with Raiders owner Al Davis in the coming days and likely will announce his retirement. Gannon, the 2002 NFL most valuable player, broke a vertebra in his neck in a game last September.
-- Mark Maske