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Lewis sorry, to donate cheque after O.J. tweet

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CALGARY -- The consequences of a questionable tweet continue for Calgary Stampeders receiever Nik Lewis.

Lewis was more apologetic in a statement issued Thursday by the team than he had been when addressing the media the previous day.

On Monday, Lewis had tweeted: "I just bought OJ's gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole." He added the hashtag MaybeALittleToFar.

The reference was to the 1995 murder trial of former NFL player O.J. Simpson, who was asked in the courtroom to put on leather gloves found at the crime scene.

Simpson was acquitted in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but he lost a civil court case against him for their wrongful deaths.

Lewis was somewhat repentant when asked about the tweet by reporters on Wednesday, but seemed to take the matter more seriously a day later.

"It's not in my character or nature to condone violence in any way, especially violence against women," Lewis said in the statement.

"I made a huge mistake with my tweet and I apologize sincerely to everyone. I am truly sorry.

"I didn't realize until today how many people were offended by my comment. I didn't mean to cause anyone grief."

Lewis, 30, will donate his paycheque from Sunday's CFL West final to the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter and the team says it will match the contribution to the organization.

Lewis is in his ninth season with the Stampeders.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2012 C7

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