Not everybody was ready to pat Jason Collins on the back for becoming the first active male athlete from one of the United States’ four major sports leagues to openly announce he’s gay.
While many of Collins’ peers gave him encouragement via social media and other outlets after the news broke via Sports Illustrated on Monday morning, new Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace ignited a bit of controversy for comments he wrote.
“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH …,” Wallace wrote from his Twitter account (@Wallace17_daKid).
He followed up with: “I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone I just don’t understand it.”
Not surprisingly, Wallace’s comments were met with much disdain and were soon deleted from his Twitter feed and replaced with an apology.
“Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”
The Dolphins issued this statement Monday afternoon: “Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”
After four years in Pittsburgh, Wallace joined the Dolphins as a free agent in March, signing a five-year, $60 million deal. He’s expected to be the top target in a re-worked Dolphins receiving corps.