The Edmonton Eskimos released wide receiver/returner Christion Jones on Sunday as a response to a tweet sent Saturday by the former Alabama player.
Jones tweeted: "Ima keep it this real... Man ain't supposed to be with a man. A women is not suppose to be with another women. THATS ME THO! Live life with safety."
The Eskimos, in announcing the release of Jones, wrote: "We stand by the LGBTQ2 community and firmly condemn the language used by Christion Jones. There is no place for such commentary on our team. Jones has been released from the roster."
Jones, who initially defended his original comment on Twitter, apologized after his release.
"My words were deeply hurtful, painful and served zero purpose," Jones wrote. "I added to the struggle of a community, to live a life free of oppression of any kind. I sincerely apologize. I was wrong."
Jones, 27, has spent three seasons in the CFL, starting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017 before being traded to Edmonton during the 2019 season. He caught seven passes for 43 yards in 10 games for the Eskimos last season, also returning 44 punts for a 9.6-yard average and 40 kickoffs for an average of 20.6 yards.
The CFL also released a statement Sunday:
"We in the CFL hold high the Diversity Is Strength banner. Our league makes no claim on perfection but it does strive to be inclusive, to accept and indeed celebrate our differences, and to respect and honour human rights. There is no place in our league for commentary that disparages people on the basis of their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. As Pride Month continues, we stand with the LGBTQ community. We all need to say no to hate and yes to love."
--Field Level Media