Twitter is proving to be a major headache for homophobic pro athletes. Just last month, soccer player Lee Steele was bounced from the Oxford City FC for dissing out player Gareth Thomas on the social media network. Now Justin Fontaine (right), a rookie hockey player with the Houston Aeros, has been suspended for posting a homophobic tweet during the Grammys.
“@J_Fontaine37: @DaveJMcIntyre I disagree, the Foo Faggots were awful. #TerribleShow #BadTaste #6205″agree foo foo!”
Fontaine, a top scorer for the Aeros, says he was just responding to his roommate’s tweet about the band. He deleted the offending post Sunday night—but not before Aeros’ captain John DiSalvatore retweeted it.
In a new tweet, Fontaine issued a mea culpa: “My apologies to everyone, it was wrong. Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more. #sorry.”
The Aeros are the AHL farm team for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Management for the Wild issued a statement saying it “apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night… [He] has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros.”
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