You know what they say about the more things change… After Leroy Butler, a former Green Bay Packers safety, joined the huge chorus of other athletes who congratulated NBA player Jason Collins for coming out publicly as a gay man, he was informed his speaking engagement at a Wisconsin church had been canceled.
Butler has declined to reveal the name and denomination of the church but said he had been uninvited to speak as planned after using his Twitter account to say, ““Congrats to Jason Collins.”
After receiving the news Butler then sent a series of tweets that read:
“Wow, I was scheduled to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event. I said ok why? Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on Twitter. I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause, FYI the fee was $8,500, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event. I said no, only god can judge.”
In an interview with the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Butler compared the church pastor’s behavior to bullying.
“This is a form of bullying, what you’re doing. You’re trying to get me to do something I don’t want to do,” Butler said. “He disagreed, and I said, ‘We agree to disagree’ and he said ‘No, I’m right and you’re wrong.’ “
Butler later tweeted that he had received an apology from the church but said it was “mainly thanking me for not releasing the church name” and he will never work with the church again.