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Tank Carder, Cleveland Browns Linebacker, Tweets 'Faggot' And 'Doesn't Agree' With Being Gay

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Tank Carder runs drills during Buffalo Bills Rookie Camp earlier this year. He signed with the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 1. | Getty Images

An NFL linebacker is feeling the heat in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blogosphere after a series of controversial tweets which some have deemed anti-gay.

As Outsports' Cyd Zeigler Jr. first reported, Tank Carder of the Cleveland Browns got into a heated exchange on Twitter before labeling one user a "faggot."

Though that original tweet has since been deleted, Carder -- who was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and signed with the Browns in September -- faced a barrage of criticism from other users, after which he responded:


Tank Carder
I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word

Not surprisingly, that remark was also quickly slammed. In response to another tweet, he also noted:


Tank Carder
faggot is actually a bundle of twigs....there's your research

The Cleveland Browns quickly distanced themselves from Carder's remarks in a brief statement. “These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion,” Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis is quoted by CBS as saying. “We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him.”

Outsports is calling on the NFL to suspend Carder for a game for using the slur. Meanwhile, Carder has since apologized for his remarks on Twitter:


Tank Carder
I was not bashing the gay community in any way...if you knew me you would know I wouldn't do that. Again I'm sorry if you were offended

Tank Carder
I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used! I did not in anyway mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn't define me as a person!

Take a look at other celebrities and public figures who've taken heat for "anti-gay" tweets:

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