Former NFL Star LeRoy Butler Loses Anti-Bullying Speaking Gig After Supporting Jason Collins
Jason Collins’ decision to reveal he’s gay is having quite the impact on the sports world.
And not necessarily in a good way.
Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler claims an anti-bullying talk he was scheduled to give was canceled after he posted a tweet in support of Collins, in which he simply wrote, “Congrats to Jason Collins.”
After the four-time Pro Bowler sent out the tweet, he says he got a call from officials with the Wisconsin house of worship – he won’t reveal the name – ordering him to take down his comment:
They said, ‘If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don’t congratulate (Collins) then we’ll let you do the engagement and get the speaker’s fee, and I said I’m not doing that.”
It’s ironic that Butler, the man credited with creating the famous Lambeau Leap, was scheduled to talk about bullying. He said he talked to the pastor and said, “This is a form of bullying, what you’re doing. You’re trying to get me to do something I don’t want to do.”
The church has tried to apologize to Butler, who said he would accept it, although he vowed never to do any work with it in the future. Butler also said the church has reached out, mainly to thank him for not going public with its name.
This is merely the latest controversy to erupt following Collins’ revelation, causing some of the spotlight to fade from the positive reaction he’s received.