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CFL rejects Maurice Price's anti-gay tweet

The Calgary Stampeder's player appeared to disparage sexual orientation of new NFL draft pick Michael Sam

Stamps' wide receiver Maurice Price
(QMI Agency)

The Calgary Stampeders say they are ``outraged by the offensive comments'' posted on wide receiver Maurice Price's Twitter account that appeared to disparage the sexual orientation of NFL
draft pick Michael Sam.
    
``The comments are repugnant and in no way reflect the organization's views or values,'' the CFL club said in a statement late Monday. ``The matter will now be dealt with internally.''
     
A tweet removed from (at)MauricePrice17 within an hour of its initial posting said ``My faith won't allow me to ACCEPT what took place over the weekend. Sorry. NOT sorry!  AdamandEveNotAdamandAdam.''
     
``And it's highly disturbing that under the current constitution individuals have been fined for verbalizing their thoughts,'' another tweet read.
     
Sam became the first openly gay football player selected in the NFL draft Saturday when the St. Louis Rams drafted him in the seventh round. ESPN and the NFL Network both included video of Sam kissing his male partner in celebration during their coverage of the draft.
     
A later tweet from Price's account, which was also removed, said ``Of course my words get misconstrued. I wish Sam nothing but the best and hope he has a fantastic career. It's nothing personal
against him.''

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  1. Jim posted on 05/13/2014 07:56 AM
    Without a doubt this marks the death of Free Speech in Canada. Whether or not his view is popular or even correct is irrelevant. He has the right to express his views. He did not make and negative attacks on Mr. Sam or his partner. He made no threats, yet he is being penalized for expressing an opinion.

    This is a far bigger disgrace than anything Mr. Price may have said. The cost of Freedom of Speech is often having to listen to people spout views that we disagree with or even despise, but as a wise person one said, Freedom isn't free. And tweets like Mr. Price's are the cost of Free Speech.

    I hope the CFL steps in and stops the Calgary "Nazi's", oops Stampeders from taking action against Mr. Price. It is time for the CFL to do what is RIGHT, not what is popular.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/14/2014 11:28 AM
      @Jim What you say is very true.
      The issue here is that recently you had the Donald Sterling 'foot-in-mouth' incident- twice. And he's getting his team taken away, and he's being fined.

      People just seem to not be able to tell the difference between Sterling's free speech vs Maurice Price free speech.

      As I see it, I see no issue with Price's re-action- of which the CFL is doing the wrong thing. And I have a huge problem with Sterling's- of which the NBA did the right thing. I am confident though, that the boundaries of Free Speech are going to be pushed and tested now more than ever- and that all this is far from over.
  2. mike posted on 05/13/2014 10:03 AM
    freedom of religion!
  3. john posted on 05/13/2014 11:13 AM
    the one thing our ancestors fight in ww2 for was freedom of speech .
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