Roland Martin’s decision to tweet freely during the Super Bowl has now officially cost him some of his standing at CNN — at least for a little while.
In a statement, the cable network announced that Roland’s controversial tweets suggesting that anyone who liked David Beckham’s underwear ad during the big game should be “smacked” was unacceptable, and that he has been suspended without pay for the immediate future:
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”
While Martin attempted at first to say that he was merely trying to joke about soccer and was not trying to make an anti-gay statement, he has also issued an apology:
“Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying. That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.”
Do you think CNN made the right decision?