Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace fired the first controversial salvo in the backlash over the NBA's Jason Collins coming out as a homosexual.
Hours after Collins' announcement, Wallace used his Twitter page to respond, saying, "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with with guys SMH..."
The tweet received immediate negative response, prompting Wallace to respond with, "I'm not bashing anybody don't have anything against anyone I just don't understand it."
Both tweets were taken down within minutes of their posting.
However, Wallace later retook to Twitter and posted, "Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."
Wallace, who signed a five-year deal with the Dolphins that will pay him about $12 million annually, was brought to Miami to invigorate a fan base that has soured on the franchise following a number of losing seasons.
Collins coming out as gay received much of the spotlight on Monday, mostly as people wait to see how the announcement would go over inside team locker rooms and whether homosexuality would be accepted within the major American team sports.