Calgary Stampeders receiver Maurice Price has been fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for inappropriate comments about the NFL's St. Louis Rams draft pick, Michael Sam.
“The CFL will not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon. “Whether it's race, religion or sexual preference, our values are of acceptance and equality. We fully support openly gay athletes in our league, and in the sports community in general.”
Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.
"My faith won't let me accept what took place over the weekend. Sorry, not sorry! #AdamAndEve #NotAdamAndAdam," tweeted Price.
"And it's highly disturbing that under the current constitution individuals have been fined for verbalizing their thoughts."
After a lot of negative response to the tweets, Price posted again.
"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."
Price later deleted all of the tweets.
The Stampeders also condemned the tweets, saying the team was outraged by the offensive comments.
"The comments are repugnant and in no way reflect the organization’s views or values," the team tweeted Monday.
Price, an African-American athlete who was born in Orlando, Fla., has played the last two seasons in Calgary.
He didn't respond to a request for comment.
Other athletes fined
There have been other disciplinary actions relating to Sam:
- The CFL fined Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce in February for urging Sam on social media to "submit fully to God."
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner Jr. was fined for a tweet saying "Michael Sam locker-room gonna come with complimentary robes."
- In the NFL, Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount and will undergo educational training after he tweeted "OMG" and "Horrible" shortly after Sam's name was announced Saturday. The tweets were taken down a short time later.
Jones apologized for his comments and described them as inappropriate. The Dolphins said Jones has been excused from all team activities until he completes training related to his comments.
Former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson also tweeted that he did not agree with ESPN's coverage of Sam at the draft and was going to boycott SportsCentre until the network stopped running the footage.
With files from The Canadian Press