Wisconsin church cancels former NFL player’s speech over tweet supporting gay NBA player

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 9:41 EDT
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Former NFL player Leroy Butler (YouTube)
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Leroy Butler, the former Green Bay Packers player credited with inventing the Lambeau Leap touchdown celebration, says that he had a speaking event canceled by a Wisconsin church after the pastor learned that he had sent out a single tweet in support of gay NBA player Jason Collins.

Following a Monday column in Sports Illustrated where Collins revealed that he was gay, Butler had tweeted: “Congrats to Jason Collins.”

Early on Wednesday morning, the Super Bowl XXXI champion, who now uses his foundation to fight breast cancer, said that one church decided to cut him from the lineup.

“Wow, I was schedule[d] to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?,” he wrote. “Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral [clause].”

Butler noted that the speaking fee had been $8,500, but “I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no.”

“Only God can judge,” he concluded.

Yahoo Sports’ Doug Farrar observed that homophobic ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who said that Collins was “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” may be better fit for the Wisconsin church.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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