CNN has reinstated Roland S. Martin, the contributor who found himself in hot water after both GLAAD and the network deemed his tweet – joking that any man at a Super Bowl party who’s psyched for David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad should be smacked – offensive. Though Martin maintained this his Super Bowl tweets were directed at soccer fans and not related to anyone’s sexuality, the network suspended him on Feb. 8, issuing a statement that said: ”Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.” It was not clear at the time how long Martin’s suspension would last.
Martin met with a GLAAD executive on Feb. 14, and GLAAD released the following statement: “The introduction is the beginning of an open and honest dialogue. Both parties came away with a better understanding of one another and look forward to continuing this dialogue.”