Tony Dungy, the former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, apologized Saturday for a since-deleted comment on Twitter earlier in the week regarding a proposed Minnesota state bill requiring menstrual products in boys’ school bathrooms.
“This past week I posted a tweet that I subsequently deleted. I issued an apology but not everyone saw it,” Dungy’s tweet stated. “So I am reposting my apology here. As a Christian I want to be a force for love to everyone. A force for healing and reconciliation-not for animosity.”
As part of his apology that was made the day after his deleted tweet, Dungy said, “As a Christian I should speak in love and in ways that are caring and helpful. I failed to do that and I am deeply sorry.”
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Dungy’s original comment about the subject stated: “That’s nothing,” Dungy tweeted at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday. “Some school districts are putting litter boxes in the school bathrooms for students who identify as cats. Very important to address every student’s needs.”
By 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dungy deleted his cat litter tweet which was in response to a Daily Wire video showing Minnesota State Rep. Sandra Feist advocating for menstrual items in boys’ school bathrooms.
Dungy’s response created some outrage as the cat litter story was debunked months ago after being spread by political conservatives who oppose LGBTQ+ rights and gender nonconformity. Dungy, who currently serves as a television analyst, is known for his Christian faith and often conservative views, especially on social values.
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