*CNN commentator Roland Martin says he will meet with GLAAD following his suspension Wednesday for tweets during the Super Bowl that the group deemed homophobic.
Calling Martin’s tweets “regrettable and offensive,” CNN said Martin would “not be appearing on our air for the time being.” Martin later said on Twitter that he would meet with GLAAD, as the group had requested, after he apologized Tuesday for the Super Bowl tweets.
“I look forward to meeting with GLAAD in the near future and having a productive dialogue,” he tweeted.
The group tweeted back, “We look forward to a productive dialogue and to working together as well.”
The hubbub began Sunday with two of Martin’s tweets that GLAAD said seemed to advocate violence against gays.
“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 said in one tweet. In the other, he said, “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.”
Martin later apologized, saying he did not advocate violence against gays or bullying. He also said he himself had been bullied.
To signal that he took the issue seriously, Martin also reported on Wednesday about Brandon White, a 20-year-old gay man who was viciously beaten by a gang of men shouting anti-gay slurs in Atlanta.
Details of Martin’s meeting with GLAAD are still being determined, the group said.
*In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s slur, reps from the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA execs have agreed to meet with GLAAD to discuss how the league should handle homophobic incidents, reports TMZ.
According to Lakers spokesman John Black, the team has already been in contact with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Lakers “appreciate the input we’ve received.”
Black says Kobe’s outburst is “not representative of what the Lakers stand for,” but the team looks forward to working with GLAAD “on ways to help educate ourselves and our fans, and to help keep language like this out of our game.”
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says the organization will continue to push for “zero tolerance policies for anti-gay slurs.”
Kobe apologized earlier this week, saying, “The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
*A fresh Kobe Bryant scandal is brewing after cameras caught him mouthing what appeared to be a homophobic slur toward a referee during a Los Angeles Lakers game Tuesday night.
It took place during the 3rd quarter of their game with the San Antonio Spurs after Kobe received a technical foul. The NBA star — clearly upset — screams for ref Bennie Adams and appears to mouth the words, “F**king f**got.”
One of the announcers then comments, “You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching.”
A rep for the team tells TMZ, “The Lakers cannot confirm that is what Kobe said or not.”