GREEN BAY - On CNN Thursday night retired Packers safety LeRoy Butler expressed his frustration about being forced to cancel a speaking appearance at a Wisconsin church because of what he said in a twitter post.
In the interview, Butler told host Anderson Cooper he was shocked and saddened about what happened.
This all started on Monday, when Butler congratulated NBA player Jason Collins on twitter.
That was the day Collins became the first active professional athlete from one of the four major team sports to announce he is gay.
Butler was scheduled to speak about bullying at a Wisconsin church.
However, after seeing his tweet, Butler says the church wanted to cancel his upcoming event.
Butler says the church offered to keep the appearance if Butler deleted his message and apologized.
But Butler told Anderson Cooper Thursday, he wasn't backing down.
"Some 16-yr-old kid is somewhere in a closet with his father's gun that he found and he's thinking about putting it to his head because he's being tormented in school every single day because they may have found out he was gay or they suspected he's gay," Butler explained on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. "He doesn't have a voice right now, you're asking me to take that back so he doesn't have a voice? I won't do that. That's taking my dignity and respect away. I want that young man to come out of the closet and put that gun down. You are a part a society. And I told the pastor, blame it on my mom because my mom told me to love everybody."
Butler has not named the church involved.
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