CFL football player Christion Jones cut from team after homophobic tweets
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.
Here is Edmonton Esks Christion Jones being a homophobe on Global Pride day, saying he’ll never stop being a bigot ever, claiming people are upset because he’s black and not bc he’s a raging homophobe, and him claiming his hateful views actually represent diversity pic.twitter.com/GNrRU1wvav— Arch (@Archaeologuy) June 28, 2020
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.
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."
Hey Janis 👋🏾! I love, I have kindness, and I don’t care about others. I gave an opinion, that’s all. You didn’t help or hurt the situation. God bless. https://t.co/tHc9mggHTR— Christion Jones (@jonessboyy) June 28, 2020
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."
From Janis Irwin. “This is an opportunity for growth.” She is absolutely right. 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. I was wrong. ❤️— Christion Jones (@jonessboyy) June 28, 2020
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."
"won't be changing.... Forever"..... 14 hours later...https://t.co/3qDOsEfaMF— Justin (@JustinEliuk) June 28, 2020
"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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