NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is suspending political analyst Roland Martin for tweets during the Super Bowl that the network said were “offensive” and that some critics said were anti-gay.
Martin commented on Twitter about a commercial during the Super Bowl that showed soccer star David Beckham in underwear: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said the remark advocated violence against gays. Martin said he was making a joke about soccer.
CNN said Wednesday that Martin’s remarks were “regrettable and offensive” and he will not be on air “for the time being.”
CNN is owned by Time Warner Inc.