Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 5/1/13

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler will always be known as the guy who created the Lambeau Leap, but perhaps now we’ll also remember him as a man who stands up for his convictions and publicly calls out hypocrisy. On Tuesday night Butler took to Twitter to reveal that he was forced to cancel a speaking engagement at a church because he voiced support for NBA center Jason Collins coming out of the closet. A member of the church contacted Butler and said the pastor wanted to cancel the event because of a supportive tweet the former All-Pro safety had sent congratulating Collins. Butler was told that his tweet violated the moral clause of his contract and if he deleted it, apologized and asked God for forgiveness, he would be allowed to keep the speaking engagement and the $8,500 he was set to earn. He refused and tweeted, “Only god can judge.” Here is the series of tweets: “Wow, I was schedule to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my even, I said ok why?” “Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral clause, “FYI the fee was 8500$, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the even, I said no, “Only god can judge,” I can’t express how impressed I am at Butler, not only for publicly supporting Collins and standing by his tweet, but also for going public and explaining himself. We need more people like Butler in the world.

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