CNN Lifts Roland Martin’s Suspension

CNN Lifts Roland Martin’s Suspension

CNN has lifted its monthlong suspension of Roland Martin, who was criticized for tweets he sent during the Super Bowl that were construed by some as anti-gay.

Published March 13, 2012

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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Written by Danielle Wright


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