ATLANTA (WAOK)-Twitter has claimed another victim. CNN Political analyst Roland Martin has been suspended by the network because of a tweet he sent out during the Super Bowl game on Sunday.
Martin tweeted, ““If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad,” he wrote, “smack the ish out of him!”
Martin said the tweet was not meant as a swipe at homosexuals but instead as a swipe against the game of soccer. Martin explained the tweet by 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.”
CNN however, after receiving pressure from gay watchdog groups including GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) decided to take Martin off the air for the time being.
Here is the statement from CNN: “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.”
Martin has been with CNN since 2007 as a political analyst. He is also a commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the host of Washington Watch with Roland Martin on TV One. Martin is also the author of several books including his latest, The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.