Late last night, CNN Analyst and Washington Watch Host Roland Martin issued a “Final Thoughts” statement on the Super Bowl controversy that has thrown a wet blanket over him for the past 48 hours. In it, he explains that the LGBT community has accused him of supporting violence against gays. “That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused,” he writes.
He says, he too, was bullied. A “middle schooler pulled a knife on my father when he boarded our school bus and came to the defense of me and my brother.” Specifically addressing jokes he made about smacking down men who enjoy looking at David Beckham in undies, he wrote, “My joking about smacking someone, whether it was in response to a commercial or food they prepare for a Super Bowl party or wearing an opposing team’s jersey, was stated in jest. It was not meant literally, and in no way would I ever condone someone doing such a thing.”
The tweet that sparked the controversy: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” Repercussions included GLAAD coming after him and demanding that CNN fire him as well as briefly being knocked off Twitter — or, as he called it, “Twitter jail.”
In his late-night statement, Roland pointedly apologized.
“As I said repeatedly, I often make jokes about soccer in the U.S., and my crack about David Beckham’s commercial was related to that and not to anyone’s sexuality. To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant.”
On big occasions, Martin likes to have #Roland’s Rules, a funny, bold compilation of things he doesn’t want in his home. Typically they include anything from bad food to annoying house guests. Examples: “I don’t care if Christine Aguilera screws up up the national anthem, we don’t want to hear your version. Shut it! #rolandsrules.” And this one: “If you bring a football hatin’ woman to the party & she is on the phone complaining to her girlfriend, I’m cussing her out! #rolandsrules”
Read his full thoughts here.