Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler is out an $8,500 appearance fee after a church canceled his appearance because he congratulated NBA player Jason Collins.
On his Twitter account, Collins wrote Monday, “Congrats to Jason Collins,” the journeyman basketball player that came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story, declaring he is gay.
The Wisconsin church Butler was to appear at didn’t like that and Butler shared the details via his Twitter account.
“Wow, I was schedule to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?
“Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause,
“FYI the fee was 8500$,then I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no,
“Only god can judge,”
It is probably best Butler did not wind up getting together with these people because they probably would not appreciate all of the messages he could deliver. Butler is well known for his philanthropic work throughout Wisconsin and he is very involved as you can see here.
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