CNN takes Roland Martin off air after 'homophobic' tweets

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 09, 2012 07:30 hrs

CNN has suspended one of its political analysts, Roland Martin, for posting offending tweets during the Super Bowl that sparked a homophobia outcry.

Martin had taken to his social networking website, Twitter, to ridicule the color of New England Patriot team.

"If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H and M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him," the BBC quoted his tweet.

He also tweeted that a New England Patriot wearing pink "needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass".

Later Martin apologized for his tweets and CNN termed his remarks 'regrettable'.

"I'm disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice," Martin said in a statement on his website.

He added that he was "truly sorry" to anyone who felt his tweets during last Sunday's sporting event were homophobic or advocated violence.

CNN said that Martin would not appear on air "for the time being".

"Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated," CNN added.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation praised the news organisation for taking "a strong stand" on the issue. (ANI)

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