Posted April 29, 2013

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace backtracks from Jason Collins comment

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NBA free agent Jason Collins came out in an exclusive Sports Illustrated article that appears in the May 6, 2013, issue, making Collins the first openly gay male athlete in a major American team sport.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center,” Collins began in an essay in this week’s magazine. “I’m black. And I’m gay.”

And within minutes, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace felt the need to express his first amendment right to free speech and give his opinion on the situation.

“I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone I just don’t understand it,” Wallace tweeted Monday. “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH…”

And within minutes of that post, Wallace did some necessary damage control, deleted the tweet and added:

Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million contract last month after spending his first four seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins,” the team said in a statement. “We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”

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9 comments
pandah462
pandah462

Last year it was Ochocinco, in 2013, it's this clown.  The Dolphins really find some gems for WR.  Although, maybe it's the state.  Not much good going on down in Florida.

Mike72
Mike72

So gays are just ignorant and can change their ways of thinking..... well there is hope for them still it seems.

GeorgeWhitefield
GeorgeWhitefield

 @Mike72 No one said gays are stupid.I just think they should know that not all feel that way and most dont they such accept it just like gays need to except people feel that way and have NO right in trying to change how one feels or try to make them feel bad for feeling the way they do.

cmiller84
cmiller84

No need to bash Mike Wallace. He is just stating his opinion and entitled to that. There is nothing wrong with him feeling this way just as there is nothing wrong with Jason Collins being gay. 

pandah462
pandah462

 @cmiller84 People are entitled to criticizing his opinion, which was stupidly made in a very public forum.  It was in poor taste, and he deserves to be taken to task.  Maybe idiots will stop using Twitter for things like this, but my spidey sense says no.  A favorite quote of mine says, "never underestimate the stupidity of the general public."

DeeSleest
DeeSleest

Mike Wallace is not stupid or a jerk.  He's just ignorant.  Fortunately, ignorant people can change their thinking.  It's much less likely for a stupid person or a jerk to change.  What I don't get is why would someone who is in the spotlight find it so irresistible to make a negative comment and to do it so immediately.  Perhaps Wallace is craving attention.  After all, he wouldn't have made this comment if he knew nobody was listening.

GeorgeWhitefield
GeorgeWhitefield

 @DeeSleest Why is he stupid because he thinks that way and why should he change that way of thinking?He is right in feeling that way because it is normal to think in that manner.He never once said anything wrong or mean.                                                                                So if someone decides to make a remark out of the air for no reason or even for a reason they should expect replies back.

pandah462
pandah462

 @GeorgeWhitefield  The comment was made publicly, so he deserves every bit of criticism he receives.  It was ignorant and out of line.  Personally, I'm straight and don't care one way or another.  Wallace just proved he's a buffoon.