Mike Wallace Posts Homophobic Tweet Amidst Jason Collins' Coming Out
NBA player Mike Wallace has landed in hot water over one of his recent tweets. "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH...," so the wide receiver wrote. The homophobic tweet was posted hot on heels of a public confession made by fellow basketball star Jason Collins saying he was gay.
He quickly justified his tweet as backlashes came flooding his way. He deleted the controversial post and said, "I'm not bashing anybody don't have anything against anyone I just don't understand it." He then removed his initial explanation, instead writing, "Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."
Miami Dolphins where he currently plays has also reacted to his tweet. "Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him," a rep said. "Mike's comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization."
"We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices," the representative continued.
Elsewhere, ESPN's pro basketball analyst Chris Broussard was facing similar criticisms over his strong anti-gay message. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, (but) adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals ... I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ," he said.
"I would not characterize that person as a Christian, because I don't think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian."
Jason Collins became talk of the town after he proudly declared on the latest issue of Sport Illustrated, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." He became the first openly gay NBA player, and the first man in major American team sports to come out of the closet during his active career.
Fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant quickly sent him his full support, "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU." He was just one of the many celebs in Hollywood that applauded Collins' courage.
Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea joined Team Collins as well, along with current U.S. President Barack Obama.
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