NFL notes: Church cancels former Packer safety’s speech after he backs gay NBA player

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Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler had a speaking engagement at a Wisconsin church apparently canceled, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, after he sent a message of support for NBA player Jason Collins, who announced this week that he is gay.

After sending a four-word message on Twitter — “Congrats to Jason Collins” — Butler got a call from a member of the church where he was to give an anti-bullying presentation this summer. Butler was told the church would cancel his presentation unless he removed the tweet, apologized and asked for God’s forgiveness.

“They said, ‘If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don’t congratulate [Collins], then we’ll let you do the engagement and get the speaker’s fee [of $8,500],’ and I said I’m not doing that,” Butler said.

Butler told the church’s pastor that this “form of bullying” was an example of the kind of treatment he had planned to talk about at the church.


• Seahawks: McMurry University quarterback Jake Mullin, a Burleson High School graduate, has been invited to a tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp May 10-12. Mullin set 22 records at McMurry including single-game, season and career marks in passing yards and touchdowns.

• Cardinals: Arizona traded cornerback Javier Arenas, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Alabama, to Kansas City for fullback Anthony Sherman, who has three career rushing yards and 13 receptions for 111 yards in his two NFL seasons.

• Chargers: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who played last season with the Super Bowl champion Ravens, is considering a free-agent offer from San Diego, according to the Baltimore Sun.

• Jets: Former Southlake Carroll quarterback Greg McElroy said he “is looking forward to the competition,” when Jets camp opens with five quarterbacks — McElroy, Mark Sanchez, rookie Geno Smith, David Garrard and Matt Simms. “I know competition brings out the best in everybody,” McElroy said.

• Bears: Fifth-round pick Jordan Mills, a right tackle from Louisiana Tech, and sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington, a linebacker and defensive end from Georgia, both agreed to four-year contracts, becoming the first 2013 draft picks to sign with a team.

• Chiefs: Quarterback Tyler Bray, who left Tennessee after his junior season only to go undrafted, was among 13 rookie free agents who agreed to terms.

• Raiders: After watching free-agent quarterback Vince Young’s pro day workout in Austin and then bringing him to Oakland for another workout in April, the Raiders appear to be moving on from the former Longhorns standout, according to Oakland spent a fourth-round draft pick last weekend on former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.

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