Wisconsin Church Apologizes For Dropping LeRoy Butler Speaking Gig Due To His Support Of Jason Collins

  • Rick Chandler

Our story so far: Former Green Bay Packers strong safety Leroy Butler — who invented the Lambeau Leap, dontcha know — was scheduled to give a talk at a Wisconsin church, agreeing to an $8,500 speaking fee. But on Tuesday the church cancelled the engagement, referencing a tweet Butler had made in support of Jason Collins.

According to Butler (see below), a group of parents complained to church officials when they saw Butler’s tweet in support of Collins, who had come out as gay in a Sports Illustrated piece you may have heard about if you’re not from the planet Mercury. So Butler tweeted that the talk had been cancelled, and why. This caused a bit of controversy, for some reason.

And now the church (still unnamed by Butler) has apologized.

It’s not clear from this, but it appears as if the speech is still off.

Here’ what Butler wrote about the cancellation earlier today:

Support for Butler has been rolling in.

Also, support for the church.

Well isn’t that special?

It’s too bad really, because it looks like this unnamed church is missing out on a great speaker. Butler had health problems as a youngster growing up in Jacksonville, FL, and needed leg braces, and at one time a wheelchair, to get around. He overcame his physical problems to become a member of the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, then going on to play at Florida State. He retired from the NFL in 2002.