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CFL football player Christion Jones cut from team after homophobic tweets

Canadian football player Christion Jones has been cut from the Edmonton Eskimos after releasing a series of homophobic tweets on Saturday that criticize same-sex marriage.

The Alabama-born wide receiver said he wanted to keep things "real" before tweeting that a man isn't supposed to be with a man, and a woman isn't supposed to be with a woman.

The tweets were released on Global Pride Day.

Jones's words were met with intense backlash, with multiple people lambasting his tweets and calling for the CFL player to be cut from the team immediately.

"Well, if I grab an @EdmontonEsks jersey to match my hat, I know whose name I’ll never put on the back," one person wrote. "Spoiler alert, it's [Christion Jones]. Yikes yikes yikes."

Janis Irwin, an NDP MLA in the Edmonton area and advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community, was one of the many people that spoke out against Jones.

"I'm going to keep this real too," Irwin wrote. "I'm a woman who loves women. Live life with kindness, and don't worry about who other people love."

Jones responded by telling Irwin that he didn't "care about others."

On Sunday, the Edmonton Eskimos released a statement on their social media accounts affirming that they stand by the LGBTQ2+ community, adding that they "condemn" Jones's language.

"There is no place for such commentary on our team," the statement says. "Jones has been released from the roster."

Jones also issued an apology for his words on Sunday.

"My words were deeply hurtful, painful and served zero purpose," Jones said. "I added to the struggle of a community, to live a life free of oppression of any kind. I sincerely apologize. I was wrong."

Some people, however, remain unimpressed by Jones's apology — particularly because it came less than 24 hours after the CFL player said that he would stand by what he said "forever" and that he would "never apologize."

"Dude, you doubled down over, and over, and over on your initial tweet," one person wrote. "This apology is sickly sweet like a factory-made chocolate easter bunny and just as hollow."

"Yeah no one changes their heart within 14 hours," another person added. "This is all signaling."

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