Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Calls Someone a 'Faggot' on Twitter, Doesn't Agree with Being Gay, Apologizes
Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder got into an argument late last week with another Twitter user before caling him a "faggot" and then proceeding to unleash a series of tweets explaining himself, Outsports reports.
Said Carder, complaining about people angry at him for using the slur: "Yea, they all gettin butt hurt." He later added, "I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word."
Carder then issued a non-apology "if I offended anyone in anyway."
After Carder's tweets began getting around, he spoke out again today, saying, "I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used! I did not in anyway mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn't define me as a person!"
What action the NFL will take remains to be seen.
Outsports notes: "Major League Soccer puts the penalty at a three-game suspension for this kind of language. The NBA puts the cost at $50k."
Earlier today I posted about the horrific assault on 23-year-old Mallory Owens from Mobile, Alabama, who was beaten within inches of her life by Travis Hawkins Jr. Hawkins' sister is Owens' girlfriend.
Owens had been invited to Thanksgiving by the family, who was "trying to be nice," according to Owens' mother. It's not the first time that Hawkins has attacked her:
Earlier this year, family members tell News 5 that Travis Hawkins Jr. hit Mallory over the head with a pipe wrench. She was injured, but the family did not pursue charges after that incident.
D.A. Ashley Rich claims they have no reason at this time to declare it a hate crime. Hawkins Jr. is free on bond.
Watch WKRG's video report and interview with the family, AFTER THE JUMP...
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, who resigned from Sesame Street before the Thanksgiving holiday after being hit with a second underage sex allegation, now faces a third, the NY Daily News reports:
This time puppeteer Kevin Clash is facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexual activity with a 16-year-old in 2000. The accuser, now 29, will be filing a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court Tuesday, says the man's attorney Jeff Herman.
He said the lawsuit is being filed as a "John Doe" because the accuser does not want to use his name. Herman said his client started writing a book in 2009 describing his experience with Clash.
The lawyer said he will have pages from that book at a press conference Tuesday to announce the lawsuit. Herman said the accuser is from the South and was in high school when he came to New York 13 years ago for modeling work.
Clash's accuser says they met on a gay chat line.
Former GOP officials and current GOP consultants admit to the Palm Beach Post that the party's main goal in pushing new early voting laws was to suppress voting by minorities and Democrats:
Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.
Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.
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