The insensitive tweet of a Canadian Football League all-star has stirred a sizable controversy in the league and has drawn criticism from all corners.
On Tuesday, Calgary Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis posted the following tweet to his account:
"I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole. #MaybeALittleToFar"
The tweet has since been deleted.
On Wednesday the CFL announced that the tweet was in violation of its social media policy, and Stampeders coach John Hufnagel asked players to stop tweeting until the offseason. Lewis was fined an undisclosed amount but not suspended for the team's playoff game this weekend against the B.C. Lions.
"I try to use my comedic rights and I guess I went a little too far," Lewis said. "The people that know me, know I try to be funny all the time and don't mean any malice, any harm to anybody."
This is not the first time this year that a CFL player's tweet has landed him in hot water. Earlier this season the B.C. Lions suspended Khalif Mitchell for an insensitive tweet about people of Chinese heritage.
Cam Cole of the Vancouer Sun took the Stampeders to task for not being more harsh with Lewis, writing that the team did not want to risk losing one of its best players at a key moment.
"The gifted, fire-hydrant-shaped slotback is far too big a piece of the Calgary Stampeders’ offence for the team to suspend him at playoff time, regardless of how heinous his Twitter crime, so the club will express regret and deem "inappropriate" his comments, and in all ways tacitly enable his future stupidity."
While Lewis did confirm that he will abide by the team's policy and stop tweeting until the offseason, he also said that he can't promise there will be no offensive remarks in the future.
"For the people that I didn't offend, thanks for the support," Lewis said. "For the people I do offend, I can't apologize everyday of my life. Because I'm going to do something every day to offend somebody. And that's just the way it is."
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