When NBA center Jason Collins became as the first active professional male athlete to come out as gay, celebrities and fellow athletes showed their support on Twitter.
But Mike Wallace, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was not one of them. Instead, he tweeted just an hour after Collins' column went live, that showed his confusion about the concept of homosexuality.
His tweets didn't mention anyone specifically, but it seems like a strange time to do it, considering Collins' announcement.
His first tweet said that he was shaking his head because "guys wanna mess with guys" even though there are "all these beautiful women in the world.
His tweet got attention very quickly -- and most of it was negative. He tried to clarify it, but then deleted both tweets. He apologized shortly thereafter for basically letting the twitterverse know that he doesn't understand homosexuality.
Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) April 29, 2013
Wallace joins the ranks of athletes slipping up on Twitter related to homosexuality -- Amar'e Stoudemire tweeted his remarks on Gay Pride Day.
Seahawks player Chris Clemons said a player coming out would be selfish, and Chris Culliver of the 49ers said openly gay players wouldn't be welcomed on teams.
Based on Wallace's negative responses, it's possible that there is a change coming in professional sports and their athletes' attitudes toward gay players.