CNN Lifts Roland Martin’s Suspension

A contributor to the network since 2007, the analyst returns after CNN suspended him for tweets he sent during the Super Bowl many perceived as anti-gay.


Posted: 03/13/2012 10:59 AM EDT

CNN has lifted its monthlong suspension of analyst and contributor Roland Martin, which came after the TV talent tweeted what a few considered to be anti-gay comments during the Super Bowl.


One of the Tweets Martin, 43, posted said, "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!"


He later apologized, stating he is not a fan of soccer — the sport Beckham is known for — and that he was not referring to sexuality, directly or indirectly, he was mocking soccer fans not homosexuals. Nonetheless, after harsh criticism from individuals and groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the network suspended Martin, at the time releasing a statement saying, “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated.”


Martin has been a regular contributor to CNN since 2007.


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