The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League have cut wide receiver Christion Jones for a homophobic tweet he sent out on the same day as global Pride celebrations.
Jones tweeted out his opposition to gay and lesbian relationships on Saturday, as people across the world celebrated Global Pride Day.
“Man ain’t suppose to be with a man. A women is not supposed to be with another women,” he wrote.
He was quickly condemned on Twitter for his words, but he didn’t apologize for his words.
“I STAND ON WHAT I SAY. Regret nothing. Apologize to who???,” he wrote.
Minutes before the team announced he had been released from the roster, Jones sent out another tweet.
“My words were deeply hurtful, painful and served zero purpose. I added to the struggle of a community, to live a life free of oppression of any kind. I sincerely apologize,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.
The Canadian Football League also issued a statement on Sunday, saying there is no place in the league for commentary that disparages people on the basis of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.
“Our league makes no claim on perfection, but it does strive to be inclusive, to accept and indeed celebrate our differences, and to respect and honour human rights,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said.
Jones, who played collegiately at Alabama, came to Edmonton in August 2019, following a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.