Wis. church cancels ex-Packer’s speech over congrats tweet to Jason Collins

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Former Green Bay Packer Leroy Butler says he was uninvited from delivering a speech at a Wisconsin church this week because he tweeted favorably about NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay.

Collins, a free agent who ended the 2012-13 season with the Wizards, came out on April 29.

Butler responded on Twitter, “Congrats to Jason Collins.”

Now the former Green Bay safety is tweeting about a church canceling an $8,500 speaking engagement.

In a series of posts, Butler said, “Wow, I was scheduled to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event. I said ok why? Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on Twitter. I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause, FYI the fee was $8,500, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event. I said no, only god can judge.”

Butler, who was with the Packers from 1990-2001 and is said to have created the “Lambeau Leap,” did not identify the church in his tweets. He played college ball at Florida State University.