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Radio host who was called a “f*g” on his station’s Twitter page says he’s taking some time off

Seth Dunlap is the host of the weeknight sports show “The Last Lap With Seth Dunlap” on WWL Radio in New Orleans. He’s also gay. Or, according to his station’s official Twitter page, a “f*g.”

After publishing an open letter to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his partnership with the antigay hate group Focus on the Family, Dunlap was called the gay slur by someone with access to the station’s official Twitter page, which has over 30,000 followers.

The homophobic tweet, which was posted yesterday, remained online for several hours before it was deleted.

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WWL Radio released a statement yesterday saying it has no idea how the tweet happened but that it is “investigating” the matter, writing: “We are aware of a tweet that went out today from the WWL account. The content of the tweet is categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station. We are actively investigating this incident and will take swift and appropriate action once we determine how this occurred.”

Now, Dunlap has issued his own statement via Twitter saying he’s taking some time off to “reflect and decompress.”

This afternoon, he tweeted: “Being yourself has never been more important. The hate that has infected our society threatens to tear us apart from the inside out. I’m overwhelmed, but I’m also very proud of who I am and the life I live. I’ll be taking tonight off from the show to reflect and decompress.”

We can’t say we blame the guy. We’d probably need a day or two off as well. Though we hope he doesn’t allow some anonymous homophobic bully to silence him for too long.

As you may recall, Drew Brees came under fire last week when it was revealed he had been working with Focus on the Family in various capacities since 2010.

When confronted about his nearly decade-long affiliation with the antigay hate group, Brees feigned ignorance then blamed the media for writing nasty, albeit truthful, headlines about him.

As we stated in a previous article, what happened to Dunlap this week is a direct result of Brees refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. By not apologizing and instead blaming the media for merely reporting the truth, he emboldened someone at WWL Radio to attack an openly gay media personality in the most public of ways.

WWL Radio has not yet issued any findings in its “investigation.”

Related: Drew Brees to people criticizing his work with antigay hate group: “Shame on you!”