NCSU's Leslie apologizes for Twitter posts

Staff writerMay 13, 2011 

— N.C. State basketball player C.J. Leslie has apologized for comments about gay athletes he posted online on his Twitter account earlier this week.

While watching an ESPN "Outside the Lines" program on gay pro athletes Tuesday, Leslie wrote two comments on his account.

"I'm no anti gay But I would rather not have a gay n the locker room," Leslie posted.

A follow-up comment posted on Leslie's Twitter feed said: "I'm not saying I hate gays but that's sumthing that I would not wnt n my locker room ..."

Both comments were deleted from Leslie's account Tuesday. Wednesday, he posted two apologies.

"Wanna apologize for hurting or offending any 1 with my tweets yesterday," Leslie wrote. "Was watching espn show about it and didn't think before I tweeted. Meant no disrespect to any 1."

Annabelle Myers, N.C. State's assistant AD for media relations, said Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried spoke to Leslie about the comments.

Myers also said, "Any student has the right to express his or her personal opinion, but those comments certainly don't reflect the diverse and welcoming atmosphere at N.C. State. Our student-athletes are reminded and encouraged to be circumspect in what they say, post or tweet."

Leslie, a McDonald's All-American from Holly Springs, led N.C. State in rebounding (7.2 per game) as a freshman and was second in scoring (11.0 points per game).

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