After a Strange and Public David Beckham Tweet During the Super Bowl, CNN’s @rolandsmartin Gets Suspended

Feb 8, 2012
4:06 pm

When we posted the strange public tweet that CNN's Roland S. Martin had sent out during the airing of the David Beckham Super Bowl commercial, we were kind of giving him the benefit of the doubt. We didn't choose the implied path that his tweet suggested (dude, I can't watch grown men in underwear commercials), but instead went after Martin's excuse that he was just crapping on the great sport of soccer.

Looks like others in the online world felt that Martin was being homophobic in his 140 character observation, since today Martin was suspended indefinitely when CNN issued this statement:

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being."

Martin was facing the heat from gay and lesbian groups for his tweet. So maybe it wasn't about soccer in the first place? The public Internet can be tough, but the fact remains is that Martin should have kept the tweet to himself. Especially on a night where a TON of people were watching the same ad. Hey, people, let's be careful out there.