Former Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler played all 12 of his NFL seasons in the Frozen Tundra from 1990 through 2001. He was a key cog in the Pack's Super Bowl XXXI-winning team, is credited with inventing the Lambeau Leap, and grabbed 38 interceptions in 181 games and 165 starts despite childhood disabilities that forced him to wear leg braces. Since Butler's NFL career ended, he's been pretty tireless with his philanthropic work, heading up the Leroy Butler Foundation. Butler works with churches in the Wisconsin area, but there's one local church that decided to cancel his scheduled appearance.
Why? Apparently, because Butler dared to congratulate basketball player Jason Collins for coming out last week.
Congrats to Jason Collins
— leroy butler (@leap36) April 29, 2013
Butler went through the timeline of events on 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? — leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
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, — leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
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
Only god can judge,
— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
So. Butler was pulled not for endorsing homosexuality as a preference or lifestyle, but for simply congratulating someone for making an important personal decision. On Twitter. How very sensible.
Kudos to Butler for sticking to his own convictions. Maybe that church could get Chris Broussard to speak instead.