Michael Cole apologizes for using gay slur on Twitter
WWE announcer/heel personality Michael Cole directed a gay slur at fellow announcer Josh Matthews on Twitter earlier today, and then issued an apology a short while later.
After tweeting a single word – “faggot” – to Matthews, Cole – who plays up his heel character on Twitter – subsequently deleted it and apologized.
“I apologize to any and all who were offended by my tweet toward young Josh Mathews,” Cole wrote. “It was obviously not meant the way it was taken.”
Regardless of Cole’s intent, it was clearly poor judgment on his part – and his timing couldn’t have been worse.
It was just a little over a week ago that WWE, responding to The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) taking issue with what it deemed “homophobic taunts” by John Cena on WWE television, announced that it was teaming with the organization in an anti-bullying campaign.