Former Alabama WR Christion Jones released by CFL team over social media post
Former Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones is looking for another professional football opportunity after his release from the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. A now-deleted tweet criticized by many as homophobic led to Jones’ release.
Twitter user @Archaeologuy shared screen captures of multiple Jones tweets from Saturday, including one where he wrote, “Ima keep it this real … Man ain’t suppose to be with a man. A women is not suppose to be with another women. THAT’S ME THO! Live life with safety.”
On Sunday, the Eskimos announced his release:
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 our roster.
The CFL also issued a statement:
“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.”
After multiple tweets standing by his words, Jones changed his tune and offered an apology:
From Janis Irwin. “This is an opportunity for growth.” She is absolutely right. My words were deeply hurtful, painful and served zero purpose. I added to the struggle of a community, to live a life free of oppression of any kind. I sincerely apologize. I was wrong. ❤️
— Christion Jones (@jonessboyy) June 28, 2020
After his Alabama career, Jones went undrafted in 2015 and signed with the Miami Dolphins but did not see regular-season action. In 2016, he signed with CFL team the Toronto Argonauts. His first regular-season CFL action came with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017.
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