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CNN lifts suspension on Roland Martin

Roland Martin was suspended for a month after a Tweet that wasn't taken well. CREDIT: AP

Roland Martin was suspended for a month after a Tweet that wasn't taken well. CREDIT: AP

Atlanta-based CNN has lifted its month-long suspension of analyst Roland Martin, who had ruffled feathers last month with Super Bowl tweets construed by some as anti-gay.

The network told staff Monday on a conference call, according to FishbowlDC on TVNewser.

During the Super Bowl, Martin Tweeted:

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad,” he wrote, “smack the ish out of him!”

Martin later said he is not a fan of soccer. “I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise.”

But CNN suspended him anyway, at the time releasing a statement: “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated.”

The 43-year-old columnist, commentator and author has been a regular contributor to CNN since 2007.

At the time of his suspension, he had 96,000 Twitter followers. He has since gained 14,000.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

97 comments Add your comment

Orlando

March 13th, 2012
9:16 am

Roland, you should have stood your ground, now you look like a wuss for going back to CNN. i would have told them where to get off at. I have lost some respect for you Ro Ro.

TTT

March 13th, 2012
9:18 am

I’m a big fan of policing any Tweet, Facebook posting, email, etc. for violations of PC orthodoxy. It makes the world much more tolerant and loving as intended.

WTF

March 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Yea right we live in a tolerant world

LADY D

March 13th, 2012
9:25 am

Roland gets suspended, but Rush Lambaugh still lives on no matter he calls someone a S??????.

chc4

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Had he said something demeaning/vulgar about one of the Republican candidates CNN would’ve given him his own show and a raise. The hypocrisy is laughable.

Ed

March 13th, 2012
9:32 am

Roland Martin is a race baiter. So no surprise a progressive is not so tolerant. CNN should fire his biased rear end.

Woodstock Mike

March 13th, 2012
9:32 am

@Lady D

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t work for a cable TV station. It’s not illegal to call someone a “sl#%”. And when you say he still “lives” did you think he deserved the death penalty?

Woodstock Mike

March 13th, 2012
9:34 am

Can you believe a Democrat said something negative about “gay” people? I thought all Democrats love “gay” people??

Sara

March 13th, 2012
9:34 am

I’m gay, and I believe him. CNN overreacted by suspending him when his words were taken to mean something that they didn’t. The man was watching the Super Bowl and everybody starts getting all moony over a British guy in his undies. Give the man some leeway, geez.

Candy

March 13th, 2012
9:45 am

I am happy CNN is bringing Roland Martin back, I enjoy listening to his take on subjects. Go Ro!

Really?

March 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Enter your comments here

Jeff

March 13th, 2012
9:55 am

Lady D.. Rush owns his on communications network.. Roland works for CNN.. Pretty easy to understand.. When you’re a boss you can’t get suspended..

USMC2841

March 13th, 2012
9:56 am

He looks a lot different on his fishing show.

Nobama

March 13th, 2012
10:04 am

Ro-baby,

You, chump, are an automatic click be on the tube or on the net. Sorry I had to see your mug on ajc.com today. No one cares about anything to have to say.

Nobama

March 13th, 2012
10:05 am

The Left can say anything.

The Right gets crucified.

Can you say double standard, anyone?

Paul From Milton

March 13th, 2012
10:10 am

I think this article sums up exactly why I only watch Fox News. What’s so funny about CNN is that when they finally fold they still won’t have an idea why they failed.

The Truth

March 13th, 2012
10:12 am

And the 20 people that watch him rejoiced!

Name (required)

March 13th, 2012
10:15 am

I didn’t think anyone read his crap anyway.

Sumpin

March 13th, 2012
10:17 am

They ought to keep him suspended till he promises to quit wearing those ascots. It is CNN, not a stage production of My Fair Lady.

Mr. Z

March 13th, 2012
10:18 am

I can’t believe I’m wasting 10 seconds writing about this bafoon. He has no credentials and zero credibility. CNN puts him on the air as a foil and he’s a fool for even doing it. Money will make you do stupid things I guess.

e mack

March 13th, 2012
10:21 am

the gay mafia wins again. . . but for some reason i always thought roland was gay.so him saying something like that. well he was just saying david beckham wasnt his cup of milk. guess he prefer chocalate

I am back

March 13th, 2012
10:22 am

Mr. Oxycodone may own his communications network but he does not own all of the radio stations his show is broadcast on. The people who listen to him are a reflection of him; that says a lot. This is a free country so I choose like many to ignore his drug induced sayings, but like leemings to the sea, those who can not think for themselves continue to listen and follow his dribble.

Sumpin

March 13th, 2012
10:23 am

Please emack… ignorance is something we should hide from others lest we expose our idiocy. We should not plaster it all over the comments section of our local newspaper.

Linda

March 13th, 2012
10:24 am

I agree…. and Rush goes on virtually unchecked….. Glad to have Roland back.

Andy

March 13th, 2012
10:26 am

Who is this guy and what is this CNN of which you speak?

beanster

March 13th, 2012
10:27 am

I think you’re onto something e mack. Nothing says straight man like an ascot.

beanster

March 13th, 2012
10:27 am

I think you’re onto something e mack. Nothing says straight man like an ascot.

Trey

March 13th, 2012
10:28 am

I thought he was gay. Does anyone actually listen to him?

Cutty

March 13th, 2012
10:35 am

Great News!! I was tiring of getting his 500 tweets a day. You could tell he was bored.

SMH

March 13th, 2012
10:42 am

Cutty…..UNFOLLOW him! That’s how that works!

Reverie

March 13th, 2012
10:44 am

You two-faced liberal morons complain that Rush said something he apologized for while you rejoice in your mutual smooching of Bill Maher’s posterior. As usual you guys come across as the intolerant whiners you are. Liberals have absolutely zero relevance in the world. Then again, if there was an ounce of courage you could critically examine your core values and realize how empty they are. Tolerance? Only for your own thinking.

pebblebeach

March 13th, 2012
10:48 am

Come out the closet Roland…its ok now

e mack

March 13th, 2012
10:51 am

thats how i feel about it sumpin, take it in the face!. . .
what he said didnt offend me, and he look way fruity. fact

Jake

March 13th, 2012
10:52 am

“Liberals have absolutely zero relevance in the world. Then again, if there was an ounce of courage you could critically examine your core values and realize how empty they are. Tolerance? Only for your own thinking.”

But Liberals aren’t tolerant Reverie???

As for Roland, glad to see him back on, after being suspended for such a small statement. As for the CNN attackers, if you really want to view both sides of the spectrum, only watch CNN. In each segment, they have a Consrvative as well as a Liberal unlike FOX whichs leans hard to right, and MSNBC, its polar opposite leaning hard to the left.

Peachy

March 13th, 2012
10:54 am

Relax reverie… liberals and conservatives are equal in their flame throwing… your comment is proof of that. The problem in this nation is that too many people have been given bully pulpits and in order to be better heard above the din, they try and “outlandish” themselves and others with their fiery rhetoric. Maybe it is time for us to readjust our thinking and stop equating political and social matters with entertainment. Maybe it is time that both sides respected each other as AMERICAN citizens and stopped attacking each other. Of course that will never happen as long as people are making money off of our divisions.

Oblama

March 13th, 2012
10:55 am

CNN is a tool of the far left. They hire some one to give their opinion and then tell them what they can’t say? How un – American and anti free speech.

gm

March 13th, 2012
10:58 am

Welcome back Rowland: Now CNN can have some balance on issues with the rep party, Rowland is not like those puppets Dem that are on Fox no news but bash Obama station:

Hannity is the one should be off the air, the 3 times college drop out never back up any facts when he bashes the President of the United States night after night, Rowland has called this loser out several times for a debate and asked to come on his show but the hate spewer coward Hannity knows he will lose, and decline every time.

common folk

March 13th, 2012
11:00 am

That’s fine, but why does the national media refuse to talk about the 17 year old murdered in cold blood by a limbaugh follower and wasn’t even arrested, if it was the other way around cnn would be all over this murder 24/7. and yes it was cold blooded murder!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE…

Donna P.

March 13th, 2012
11:05 am

Why can’t people make comments about gays anymore? Roland didn’t say to go out and hurt one; he made a funny comment.

Chile Please

March 13th, 2012
11:07 am

I’ve been in corporate human resources for many years. When someone has it in for you, they twist anything to mean what they want it to mean to get your azz in trouble, fired or simply intimidate you.
I’m glad he went back but I hope he has a game plan because somebody at CNN has it in for him. That suspension was a message. Jus sayin….

Terri

March 13th, 2012
11:14 am

CNN says they ‘won’t tolerate any language ‘that offends anybody? What about when Sarah Palin ran for Vice President and CNN was trashing Sarah EVERYDAY…!

joe white

March 13th, 2012
11:15 am

He should not have been suspended anyway if gays want to come out in the open they have to be ready for critizism cause everyone does not agree with it. Period.

pmuckle

March 13th, 2012
11:15 am

Jai

March 13th, 2012
11:17 am

@Andy, if you don’t know who Roland is and if you don’t know who CNN is, why even comment?

Crete

March 13th, 2012
11:23 am

It’s a great fishing program and I’m glad it’s on.

gm

March 13th, 2012
11:29 am

Vote for Obama cause he’s black
I guess blacks voted for Clinton because he was white? you are showing why fox news have idiots as viewers ””’

Not Disappointed

March 13th, 2012
11:29 am

Roland, has interesting comments, but should’ve been punished for the reckless tweets. I have two gay employees that claims they wasn’t phased by his remarks. Moreover, they will tell you what’s on there mind……….. even if you don’t want to know! LOL!

Nevertheless, it’s over.
ps. Can you imagine if he had call that young lady a SL*T at the hearing 2 weeks back?! They would’ve stuck him under the radio station and the cnn building, but it was Rush………. the king of Media!

Back to business all. Have a good week!

Not Disappointed

March 13th, 2012
11:30 am

typo: Their mind!

Jed

March 13th, 2012
11:34 am

@ Sumpin 10:17 a.m.

ROTFL

Steele

March 13th, 2012
11:36 am

Wow….he got suspended for a month!!??….Don Imus was off the air for like a week or two….the Limbaugh idiot didn’t get suspended at all, but Martin got suspended and he wasn’t even on CNN at the time, but using Twitter. WOW.