Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 02/12/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
No, his Twitter account wasn't hacked. Yes, he typed the offending words.
And yes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-star defensive tackle Bryant Turner is sorry for an offensive tweet he sent out Sunday regarding openly gay football player Michael Sam.
Hours after he was fined Tuesday by the CFL and publicly called out by his own team, Turner returned to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to issue an unreserved apology.
-- Bryant Turner
"I would like to apologize for my inappropriate and insensitive tweet. My tweets are solely from me, and I accept full responsibility for my actions. I am sincerely sorry for any shame that I may have caused the great city of Winnipeg, the CFL or the wonderful Blue Bomber organization," Turner tweeted.
Turner's apology came after the CFL announced that they had levied undisclosed fines against Turner and Montreal Alouettes receiver Arland Bruce for comments they tweeted from their personal Twitter accounts this week about Sam, a U.S. college football player who publicly announced Sunday he is intending to become the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.
Just hours after Sam made his announcement on Sunday, Turner tweeted the following from his personal Twitter account:
"@Blitz_Turner: Michael Sam locker room gonna come with complimentary robes."
Turner quickly deleted the tweet.
Bruce, meanwhile, urged Sam, among other things, to "submit fully to God."
CFL commissioner Marc Cohon condemned the tweets in announcing the fines.
"The comments made by these players are extremely disappointing and do not represent the CFL's views or the views of the vast majority of our players," said Cohon in a statement issued by the league. "The CFL is supportive of openly gay athletes in professional sports and we commend the courage shown by Michael Sam. During the off-season, we have been working with an organization that specializes in this subject and look forward to announcing a formal partnership with them in the near future."
The Bombers also issued a statement on Tuesday regarding Turner, which read: "It is unfortunate that Bryant made this comment through social media. Any athlete with the ability and determination has the right to succeed in their sport. Both our president/CEO and general manager have spoken with Bryant regarding this, and those conversations will remain internal."
The CFL players association also issued a statement Tuesday condemning the tweets.
"These comments do not reflect the beliefs of the CFLPA or the vast majority of its members," said CFLPA president Mike Morreale. "Our association is proud to be open to all players regardless of ethnicity, religion, cultural diversity or sexual orientation. I applaud Michael Sam's courage in making this announcement and hope that someday such announcements won't be newsworthy."
firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @PaulWiecek
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 12, 2014 D4
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Three mayoral candidates snubbed by Downtown BIZ
Al's Brink expected to take the field against former Bomber teammates Friday
Havixbeck wants Mealshare program for Winnipeg to help soup kitchens
Harper rejects call for national inquiry, calls Fontaine's death a crime
Police looking for man after girls approached
Province launches consultations on new chartered professional accountant designation
PCs criticize government spending on 'boastful' ads at construction projects
Man charged after cellphone found recording in women's washroom
Man sought in connection with gas station robbery on Kenaston
Man suffers serious injuries after getting stabbed in Carlton and Graham area
Man sought after Portage la Prairie home invasion
Police looking for teen who groped woman near Netley Street and North Drive
Gas leak forces evacuations in the Maples
Hwy. 1 reopened after collision
Firefighters battle overnight blazes
Man charged after drug bust on Sargent turns up marijuana, cash
Back to B.C. for CEO's family
Dreary weekend in store for southern Manitoba
Moody's lowers city's financial outlook to negative
Ecstasy, pot heading south
Mayoral race roundup
Wildlife-feeding ban extended to aboriginal hunters to combat disease
Firefighters, real estate board pay for poll
Steeves' transition a calculated gamble
River Rouge forced to ship off
Vegas trip, payouts questioned
'Pulling out all of the stops'
Killer to get a second chance
Local doctor pioneered child-abuse investigations
Keeping a lid on injuries