CFL footballer criticized for the homophobic tweet he sent out on the same day as Pride’s global celebrations.
Broadcast in Edmonton Christy Jones on Twitter tweeted his disagreement with gay and lesbian relationships, as people around the world have celebrated World Pride Day.
“A man should not be with a man. A woman should not be with another woman, ”he wrote.
People on Twitter quickly condemned the tweet as hateful. But Jones supported his comments by sending over 50 tweets, responding to his detractors for five hours.
“I stand by what I say. I’m not sorry about anything. I apologize to anyone, ”he wrote.
People criticizing Jones claimed he used his public platform of more than 10,000 subscribers to belittle relations with LGBT people in a way that encouraged discrimination. In response, he accused his critics of trying to censor him.
Some Twitter users began tagging their Edmonton football team account in response, asking the team if they would tolerate homophobic comments from the player. The team, along with the rest of CFL, included Pride month in public campaigns, changing their logos to show the rainbow flag.
On Sunday morning, a team spokesman told CBC News that they knew about tweets and were working on a response.
The Canadian Football League did not immediately return a request for comment from CBC News.
Jones, originally from Alabama, arrived in Edmonton in August 2019 after trading with Saskatchewan settlers.