Update: CNN Approves Roland Martin’s Return To Network

13
Mar

Earlier today (at 10am ET), CNN lifted Roland Martin’s suspension for his alleged homophobic tweets made during the Superbowl earlier this year.

Martin, who hosts “Washington Watch” and is a CNN contributor, was suspended shortly after Super Bowl Sunday when he wrote tweets that were construed by some to be homophobic. Although he apologized, the backlash was too much for CNN who went ahead and suspended the commentator until today.

During the Superbowl, Martin made a few problematic tweets in regards to the popular H & M commercial that featured soccer star David Beckham modeling underwear for the brand:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl

He also alluded to one of the players needing to get a “beating” (not literal) for rocking head to toe pink before the game.

His tweets set off a whirlwind of backlash as many folks, including GLAAD, claim the tweet was basically gay bashing.

Roland denied he meant it “that way” and he issued a statement saying:

“Let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday. I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise.”

Of course, MSDTV will keep you posted. Stay Tuned.