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Butler does right thing; media doesn't

8:42 PM, May 25, 2013  |  Comments
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In early May, former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler tweeted a congratulatory note to NBA player Jason Collins for revealing publicly that he is gay. As a result, Butler's invitation to speak at a Wisconsin church youth group was withdrawn.

The irony? Butler's intended topic for the kids was bullying. The church told Butler that if he apologized for his comments and removed them from his account, he would be permitted to speak to the kids. Wow.

Showing his class, Butler declined, not only to take back his supporting comments to Collins, but to reveal the name of the offended church, fearing embarrassment or reprisal against the church.

Where is good, solid investigative reporting in this sorry situation? Why hasn't some inquisitive 21st century journalist scratched the surface of this story to put forward the name of the church trying to hide behinds its narrow-minded position on what is fast becoming a widely accepted issue of equality and respect?

Tom Sharp

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