Church Cancels Speech by NFL Star Over Support for Jason Collins

Former Green Bay Packer Leroy Butler was told to ask God for forgiveness after tweeting his congratulations to Jason Collins on coming out.

BY Lucas Grindley

May 01 2013 11:53 AM ET

Leroy Butler

After publicly congratulating Jason Collins for coming out, former NFL star Leroy Butler had his speech at a church canceled, he said on Twitter.

Butler is a former star safety for the Green Bay Packers. He's played for a Super Bowl champion team. He even invented the "Lambeau Leap," when players jump into arms of fans in the stands after a touchdown.

After Collins came out as gay, the first active player in the NBA to do that, Butler tweeted, "Congrats to Jason Collins." And that was all, as first reported by Raw Story.

But for that, he lost a $8,500 speaking engagement at a local church, he said.

"Wow, I was schedule to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?," he wrote. "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."

The moral clause, though, apparently came with a way around it.

"I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no," Butler wrote. "Only god can judge."

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