Miami Dolphins release statement on Mike Wallace’s reaction to Jason Collins

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs with the ball after a pass reception against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs with the ball after a pass reception against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins blew up the sports world with the announcement that he is the first active and openly gay player in the four major American sports.

Following the news, freshly signed Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace tweeted out his total and utter lack of understanding for anyone who is gay, causing a firestorm of criticism. He immediately deleted the tweets, but the damage was done and an apology was almost equally forthcoming.

[Related: Read Wallace’s deleted tweets as well as his apology]

Well, so incensed were some fans that Wallace’s new team’s Media Relations department was forced to issue a statement on the subject as well:

“Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”

MORE: Read an excerpt of Collins’ guest piece for Sports Illustrated