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Canadian Football League player Christion Jones was released from his team Sunday, a day after he made anti-gay comments on social media.

Jones, who starred at Alabama before joining the Edmonton Eskimos, tweeted that a man should be with a woman and vice versa but made clear that was just his opinion.


“Ima keep it this real... Man ain’t supposed to be with a man. A women is not suppose to be with another women. THATS ME THO! Live life with safety,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

According to TMZ Sports, Jones initially defended his tweet before he was released.

“They trying to get me fired now!!. A black man giving his opinion on Twitter is sickening for many," he wrote. “People understand that I don’t care about getting fired standing on what I stand on. An opinion is obligated.”


He added: “Won’t be changing how I feel any time soon. I love all tho. I respect those who respect me. And those who hate I still show love. STAND ON WHAT I SAID FOREVER.”

Following his release from the Eskimos, Jones issued an apology.

Edmonton Eskimos player Christion Jones during warm-up on Sept. 28, 2019, at TD Place at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“My words were deeply hurtful, painful, and served zero purpose,” he wrote. “I added to the struggle of a community, to live a life free of oppression of any kind. I sincerely apologize. I was wrong.”

Jones spent four years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before joining the Eskimos last season.

“We stand by the LGBTQ2+ community and firmly condemn the language used by Christion Jones,” the Eskimos said in a statement. “There is no place for such commentary on our team.”


The CFL also released a statement.

“Our league makes no claim on perfection but it does strive to be inclusive, to accept and indeed celebrate our differences, and to respect and honor human rights. There is no place in our league for commentary that disparages people on the basis of their religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pleasant Hill dance company gets creative on social media as they start in-person ballet classes

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- Many arts organizations are having trouble surviving the novel coronavirus pandemic with performance venues shut down and funding limited. But one East Bay dance company is getting creative to survive all of this.

At Diablo Ballet's in-person summer intensive, 12 masked girls in leotards in a room, each standing inside a seven-foot-box with no air-conditioning - practicing their plies and jetés. They say the county and four doctors weighed in to come up with safety protocol.

They are practicing in Pleasant Hill after months of the dance world being shut out of theaters and stages to reach their audiences. Diablo Ballet says patrons, corporate grants and a PPP loan are keeping them afloat after their gala and spring performances were canceled.

They reinvented themselves online with one dancer posting videos of himself wearing a mask doing every day things like grocery shopping. The goal is for dance to spark joy. The videos are garnering online attention that is keeping the company looking forward with their toes pointed in the right direction.

Masked ballet dancers practice IN PERSON in the east bay. How Diablo Ballet is reinventing themselves on social media.

— Leslie Brinkley (@lrbrinkley) July 10, 2020

"We can make videos and share that on social media, and have that be shared with even a greater amount of people than we could even fit into a theater. I think it's wonderful and it can be shared globally," said apprentice dancer Olivia Cole.

The company posts weekly vignettes online on how movement can combat anxiety and depression. They are continuing to provide content to John Muir Hospital and the county juvenile detention facility via a new online platform.

"It's drawing a whole wider audience that didn't necessarily see Diablo Ballet in the past," said Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet artistic director.

Teenage trainees were happy to get permission to come back to the studio for three weeks of in-person training this week. The students line up six feet apart as their temperature is taken. Then, they sanitize their hands, one at a time, and take off their shoes as they go to pre-assigned positions in the studio.

There is no air-conditioning for safety reasons so the open windows and doors in the summer heat provide ventilation.

"Is it hard to dance in a mask?," I asked Cole. "The first couple of days it was difficult, but now I'm getting used to it," she said.

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