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Morning Tailgate: Tight-Knit Locker Room

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Donte Whitner explained the tight-knit nature of the San Francisco 49ers locker room.

The relationships of NFL locker rooms has been the topic of discussion this week. In light of the issues taking place with the Miami Dolphins, every talk radio host, blogger and newspaper columnist has weighed in on the mentoring, or in some cases, lack thereof, that has occurred in professional sports.

In regards to the San Francisco 49ers, safety Donte Whitner stressed the work environment is a positive place for young players.

The hard-hitting safety is known to speak his mind on any subject and did so in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

When asked about the situation in Miami between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, Whitner was honest in his response.

“We don’t have those types of issues,” Whitner said. “I can honestly say this is one of the closest football teams, one of the closest groups of men I’ve ever been around. We play and we have fun but we know not to cross certain boundaries. We know not to cross respect boundaries and sexuality boundaries and disrespect individuals. So we understand that.”

According to Whitner, Jim Harbaugh has stressed to his players to respect every individual in the locker room.

“It came from Coach Harbaugh saying from day one we’re not going to do it,” Whitner said. “The players, we really don’t care to do it. We care more so about incorporating a rookie into our system to help us win football games and everything else that really goes on we don’t care for.”

More 49ers headlines can be found in today's Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.


Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News caught up with Michael Crabtree for a brief moment.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shared an update on Crabtree's return to practice.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com looked at where the 49ers stand in the NFL's current power rankings.

Andrew Pentis of 49ers.com offered Aldon Smith's comments on returning to the team.



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