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Church Cancels Speaker Ex-Packer Leroy Butler for Supporting Jason Collins

| by Michael Allen

Leroy Butler, a former Green Bay Packers player, recently had a speaking event canceled by a Wisconsin church after he tweeted in support of Jason Collins, who came out as gay in Sports Illustrated on Monday.

After Collins' op-ed column hit the web, Butler tweeted: “Congrats to Jason Collins.”

However, this morning, Butler tweeted that the church had canceled his speaking engagement, reports NBCSports.com.

“Wow, I was schedule[d] to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?,” Butler tweeted.

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Butler added: “Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral [clause].”

Butler also wrote on Twitter: "FYI the fee was 8500$, then I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no."

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Butler founded the Leroy Butler Foundation “to help women going through breast cancer treatments obtain the assistance they need to focus on the job of healing verses the financial impact to their families.”

Sources: Sports Illustrated, Twitter, Leroy Butler Foundation, NBCSports.com