Lewis issues statement on tweet
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:49AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 6:37PM MST
Calgary Stampeder Nik Lewis has released an official statement to address an inappropriate comment he posted on twitter.
The Stamps receiver landed in hot water with the public and the league after he posted a tweet which made reference to O.J. Simpson and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
The tweet said, “I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole. #MaybeALittleTooFar.”
Lewis was fined an undisclosed amount for the comment on Wednesday and Stamps coach John Hufnagel has asked his players to refrain from tweeting until the off season.
Lewis issued a statement on Thursday saying:
“It’s not in my character or nature to condone violence in any way, especially violence against women. I made a huge mistake with my tweet and I apologize sincerely to everyone. I am truly sorry.
“I didn’t realize until today how many people were offended by my comment. I didn’t mean to cause anyone grief. I know this doesn’t change anything that’s been done, but I will be donating my West Final game cheque to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.”
Lewis has also apologized to the Stampeders ownership group who will match Lewis’ contribution to the shelter.