Canadian football player Christion Jones is out of a job after he let loose with a torrent of homophobic tweets over the weekend. Saying they “firmly condemn” the hateful language used by Jones, the Edmonton Eskimos announced they were cutting the Alabama Crimson Tide alum immediately.
“There is no place for such commentary on our team,” the team posted on Twitter. “Jones has been released from the roster.”
The tirade began on Saturday when Jones shared with readers his own bigoted philosophy on the morality of sexual relations. The tweet has since been deleted.
“Ima keep it this real … Man ain’t suppose to be with a man,” he wrote, speaking out against same-sex relations.
When Jones was confronted by outraged fans, he doubled-down and said he would never apologize.
Condemnation of Jones was swift and widespread. The Canadian Football League was quick to distance itself from their now-former employee.
Jones did eventually take to Twitter to issue an apology. The Eskimos announced he was cut minutes later.
Before joining the CFL, Jones had won two national championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Undrafted by the National Football League, he bounced around the CFL before landing with Edmonton. The former wide receiver played mainly on special teams, where he excelled. Jones returned 91 kickoffs and 155 punts over three seasons with three touchdowns, including the 61-yard return below.
The Edmonton Eskimos are already dealing with controversy surrounding their name. Some groups charge that the name is insensitive to the indigenous Canadian peoples as well as appropriating their culture. Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq has been calling on the team to change its name.
There is no word on future plans for Jones. As for his apology, though, one fan perhaps summed it up best.