Former Green Bay Packers great LeRoy Butler described his version of events that led to the cancellation of one of his speaking engagements with a Wisconsin church after Butler expressed congratulations via social media to NBA player Jason Collins who came out as gay earlier this week. "(The pastor) called back and said, ‘If you ask God for forgiveness and apologize and remove the tweet, we'll let you do the speaking engagement,'" Butler is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I told him, ‘No, I can't do that. Someone needs to speak up for them, and you ask me to do something as a man that isn't what I believe in just to make that money.'" The church apparently cancelled Butler's appearance. The former Packers safety said he was to receive $8,500 for his services.
The Packers announced on Wednesday that former cornerback Al Harris will retire as a member of the Packers organization. "The 39-year-old Harris is now an assistant defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, whom the Packers will face in the preseason," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "He works for Andy Reid, his coach with the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons. When he left the Packers, he took out full-page ads in local newspapers to thank Packers fans." Wilde informs that Harris will join the ESPN Radio affiliates in Milwaukee and Madison for an interview on Friday. The show begins at 9:00 a.m. CT and can be streamed online at ESPNWisconsin.com.
Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey talked about being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in a radio appearance in Baltimore. “You feel a part of a huge family in a sense, where everyone knows them, you know them, and you kind of coexist," Dorsey is quoted as saying in the Washington Post. "It’s a storied franchise, and I got an opportunity to walk down, see their hall of fame, feel the history and everything, and ultimately how football kind of started. It was a wonderful experience. A place a true football player would want to be.” Dorsey was taken by the Packers in the seventh round, along with fellow wide receiver Charles Johnson.
Packers draft features are published by Packer Plus on Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, J.C. Tretter, Johnathan Franklin, Micah Hyde and the seventh round draft picks. Ty Dunne also writes a column on Lacy and drafting a high-round running back.
A blog post on whether the Packers would have drafted Wisconsin running back Montee Ball comes from Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
Former Packers kicker Jan Stanerud is interviewed by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Last Thursday — more than 20 years after his Hall of Fame induction — Stenerud, 70, was honored on the Montana State campus in Bozeman, Mont., as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate 'Hometown Hall of Famer' program," writes Hodkiewicz.
The Packers running game is the focus of a blog post at Lombardi Ave.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay reports on the LeRoy Butler cancelled church speaking engagement...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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