WWE Champion CM Punk has set off a firestorm with a Tweet he sent to a fan. In response to Punk’s views on Amendment 1, a fan replied with a homophobic Tweet. Punk mentioned the fan’s Tweet and responded by saying, “kill yourself.”
Another fan scolded Punk for his comments and mentioned WWE’s “Be-A-Star” anti-bullying campaign. Punk responded to them by writing, “hey moron, don’t try to hide behind the be a star campaign. I am a star. I’m fighting bigots here. Zero tolerance.” In response to another fan that disagreed with Punk, he told them to “drink bleach.”
Mirror out of the United Kingdom picked up on the story and included footage of Punk hurling a homophobic slur at fans in Australia last summer. Below is the footage from a WWE live event on July 4, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia:
At the time, the comments caused considerable controversy and Punk issued the following apology:
I’m glad TMZ posted that video because everybody needs to be held accountable for their bulls—, me included. What I said was bulls—… I’m embarrassed. I own up to being a total douche in this situation and I offer a sincere apology to anybody I hurt with careless words.