Yep. And this is the type of shite that makes me hate the whole sports world. Every player a corporate robot salesman. Hooray.
Well it's not just sports but every field where someone has a position of responsibility and notoriety and they say or partake in something controversial.
Executives lose jobs, athletes lose sponsorships, celebrities and musicians lose endorsements, politicians lose elections, ministers lose congregations and followings, etc. etc. etc.
It's been that way since ancient civilization and way before "liberal media." People have been crucified, executed, mamed, jailed, outcast and exiled since man was intelligent enough to form language.
That's a bit of a tangent but the point is: when you hold a position in the public eye, on some level the public becomes your judge and jury. That's just what it is, and how it will always be.