Roland Martin Suspended By CNN For Offensive Tweets

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Roland Martin may have been joking about Super Bowl-related topics with some off-color Tweets Sunday night, but his bosses at CNN definitely didn't find it funny.

The political contributor has been suspended by the network after his remarks - most notably about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad - were called homophobic.

Gay-rights powerhouse GLAAD pushed hard for CNN to fire Martin. That did not happen, but disciplinary sanctions were taken, and his return date is not clear.

Roland Martin Tweet

In a statement, CNN said:

"[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 Martin will not be appearing on our air for the time being."

Martin fired off the controversial tweet (above) during the Super Bowl.

In another, he wrote, "Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass."

Martin tried to backpedal by issuing an apology Monday.

"Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying," he wrote.

"That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words caused."

GLAAD, for one, seems satisfied, saying in a statement: "CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community."

"Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence."

"We at GLAAD look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it."

What do you think? Should Martin have been fired?

 

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I am a black male and Jones is an unfortunate result of old "negro" mentality. I distance myself from her type. It is unfortunate that shows like Jerry Springer make it seem as though her type are predominant and respected within the black community but the truth is she is talked about behind her back. Most educated black people will just ignore her. She is the reason why our preseident did not send his kids to the DC public schools. Kids there are just like Jones, which is unfortunate.

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Well then, you should know to give respect in order to get respect, R!!! Practice what you preach, little ignorant bastard!!

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And where does your ignorant ass get your information, Marcus?!

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by the way jones- its obvious to me that you are uneducated and get most of your information from Jett and Ebony magazine. maybe you should listen for awhile and learn from others. it's sad when young African americans see you as an adult who is lost. you are an embarrassment to all negros. they hate your type of personality.

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CNN should have fired him from the start. gays get no respect but people that are black and commit crimes are catered to. it's such a double standard especially when black gays are in high percentage. he crossed the line and should be out.

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Jones even if you have a point, its lost any credibility. In order to have the respect of people you have to give it.

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@Superfly. Correction, bitch!! Black people are more likely to be perceive as a crime in this country because of skin color. White are less likely to be perceive as a criminal in this country because of skin color.

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@SuperFly. Asshole!

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@Khloe. And you are another stupid bitch! NEXT!!

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@Carl. You show your ignorance so well.