Stampeders receiver fined over offensive tweet
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:04AM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:25PM MST
Calgary Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis has been fined an undisclosed amount for the tweet that he wrote on Tuesday which made reference to O.J. Simpson and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Calgary Stampeders coach John Hufnagel says the tweet was inappropriate and hopes that the fine will make people aware of the danger of social media. "I'm hoping that this finally makes everyone aware of the danger and something that you may not feel is a threatening or contentious remark, it can be."
Hufnagel added that tweets like Lewis' are unacceptable and he relayed that message to the whole team on Wednesday morning.
Lewis tweeted about buying O.J.’s gloves on ebay and wanting to find a white girl named Nicole.
The comment references the death of Nicole Brown Simpson and the trial of her former husband, football great O.J. Simpson.
Lewis was on the field at McMahon on Wednesday preparing for the Stamps next game against the Lions and says he didn't mean any disrespect.
"I tried to use my comedic rights and I guess I went a little too far," said Lewis. " I regret getting money taken out of my pocket. I regret saying it but I can't take it back and that's just something you go through in life."
Lewis says he has spoken with Coach Hufnagel and says he will be more careful in the future.
"I've said a lot of things that's walking that line and I told him I'll stay away from that line. Sometimes you go over the line and sometimes you don't but I'll stay away from the line out of respect of him, out of respect of our ownership and the City of Calgary," said Lewis.
Hufnagel has requested his players refrain from tweeting until the off season.
"I've asked them not to do it until the season is over and we'll see how that goes," said Hufnagel.
Lewis says he is focusing ahead on the Western Final and has been since the team beat the Riders last weekend.
"I didn't get a job because of twitter, I got a job because I'm a good athlete," said Lewis.
The tweet has since been deleted.