Roland Martin may have meant to joke about sports, but his bosses definitely didn't find his ramblings funny.
The CNN contributor has been suspended by the cable news channel after Roland posted several off-color tweets during the Super Bowl—one of them about David Beckham's H&M undies ad—that critics labeled homophobic.
His biggest opponent? Gay-rights powerhouse GLAAD, which pushed hard for CNN to fire the commentator. And, although that's not quite what happened, the group did successfully lobby for CNN to slap Roland with disciplinary sanctions.
In a statement, CNN said: "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 fired off the controversial tweets during the Super Bowl last Sunday.
One read, "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl."
In another, he wrote, "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"
After the tweets generated loads of bad press—and earned GLAAD's ire—Martin tried to backpedal by issuing an apology.
"Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying," he wrote. "That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.
GLAAD, for one, seems satisfied with CNN's decision.
In a statement, the group's spokesperson said: "CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community. Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.