Roland Martin suspended by CNN for David Beckham tweets
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CNN analyst Roland Martin has been suspended for his controversial tweets on Super Bowl Sunday making fun of an H&M ad featuring David Beckham.
‘Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,’ said a statement issued by CNN. ‘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.’
The suspension comes a few days after GLAAD and other gay organizations angered by the tweets demanded CNN suspend Martin or take other action.
Martin midway during the Super Bowl sent a tweet making fun of the ad that featured soccer star Beckham dressed only in his tighty-whiteys: ‘Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!’ He continued, ‘If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.’
Martin denied he was being homophobic, saying the tweets were a joke.
— Greg Braxton