(CBS) Former Packers safety Leroy Butler was scheduled to speak at a Wisconsin church this week, but that engagement was abruptly called off after he congratulated NBA player Jason Collins for revealing his homosexuality.
“Congrats to Jason Collins,” Butler tweeted Monday.READ MORE: Protesters Say Benet Academy In Lisle Rescinded Lacrosse Coach's Job Offer Because She Is A Lesbian
A day later, the church informed Butler that he could only give the speech if he deleted the tweet and asked God for forgiveness. Butler refused, forfeiting the $8500 he was going to receive for the appearance.
Wednesday, Butler had more details.
“I found out what happened,” he tweeted. “I guess some parents went to the church and complained about my tweet for support of Jason Collins, so sad.”READ MORE: Metallica Performs Surprise Show At The Metro
Butler explained the ordeal on Twitter:
FYI the fee was 8500$,then I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no,— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
I found out what happened, I guess some parents went to the church and complained about my tweet for support of Jason Collins, so sad— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013