Posted December 18, 2012

Racially charged Obama tweet gets North Alabama player booted from team

NCAAF, Uncategorized

A walk-on from the Division II North Alabama football team was removed from the program after posting a racist tweet about President Barack Obama during the president’s address Sunday night to mourners in Newtown, Conn.

AL.com’s Mark Heim reported that Bradley Patterson, the player in question, was an uninvited walk-on long snapper. He appeared to be upset that Obama’s speech preempted NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” between the Patriots and 49ers.

Patterson tweeted, “Take that [expletive] off the tv, we wanna watch football!” according to AL.com. His account has since been deleted.

The website Deadspin captured the tweet and noted that Patterson claimed he played for North Alabama, which prompted numerous people to tweet at the official Twitter feed of UNA Athletics. Athletic Director Mark Lindler tweeted this response back to numerous users:

 

Obama traveled to Newtown on Sunday to meet with families of the 27 victims of a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School two days earlier. He also addressed the town at an interfaith vigil later in the evening.


41 comments
Dave C1
Dave C1

I don't like Obama, and as a rule I don't like black people because they vote for Obama. It has nothing to do with the color color of their skin. I also don't like people who have Obama bumper stickers on their car regardless of the color of the car. I wonder if UNA would kick a black guy off the team for using the word "cracker" or "honkey" or "hymie"? 

silemone
silemone

It's funny when someone's best quality is that they lack melanin and makes them more susceptible to cancer.  Just as it would show a person's short coming by thinking their best quality is they have a larger third leg because of their skin color (well this one isn't as trivial lol).  My point is skin color means next to nothing.  Many would say that black folks are more athletic, but have you seen Tebow?  He's white.  Some say white is right but most people thought Obama was the right man for the highest position in the country over many white men in the country and white is the majority.  

 

Let's make one thing perfectly clear - whites and blacks have same body parts, functions, smells, thinking abilities, reactions, cravings, etc.  We are one species.  If not, we would not be able to breed with each other without the help of a science lab.  And by the slightest of chances we were like a mule - if we did by chance procreate as different species, the offspring would not be able to reproduce.

Kat_Sutter
Kat_Sutter

Now apparently he's trying to appologize and said, I quote, "I ain't racist."  If that's the case, you have a funny way of showing it, dude.  *facepalm*

Mrserichartman
Mrserichartman

What happened to free speech? He has the right to say what he wants. I'm sure "as long as no one is offended " is not included in that right. I'm not saying it wasn't a stupid thing to do, I'm just saying he has the right to say what he wants.

robertgsimms
robertgsimms

A little boy in a young mans body trying to be in his mind funny and relevant.

Can't change how this young man thinks.

Perhaps it will teach him though to think before he speaks.

 

mobetta
mobetta

Why the heck was he punished?  Oh - the word used was "NICEGUY" - and he got punished for lying.

JohnDeCenzo
JohnDeCenzo

The Leonnard Skynard song "Alabama" sings of "we loved the governor", great music till it hits that verse. At that moment I search for other music, seeing Neil Young's point. Wallace's heartfelt philosophy is deeply entrenched and here is part of his Inaugural speech. " It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us time and again down through history. Let us rise to the call for freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

His viewpoint  has always haunted me and yet I never feared him or any other hater.

Mel
Mel

Read the quote. Still waiting to see the racist part of it. I have said this about Presidential speechs before. About white AND black presidents...

Aaron Staubs
Aaron Staubs

i hear that 1 person said something racist, and i read thousands of people typing their hatred for all things southern. Who's got the real hatred here? the liberals motto is "magnify that which will drum up hatred for your fellow man." anyone who believes that obama and his followers is working for unity is a dumb buffoon who just fell off of a fertilizer truck and hit their head on concrete.

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

If the 'N' word is racist, demeaning and de-grading, nobody should be allowed to say it, if they do they need to be charged with racism, the word has no place in conversation of any race.

J.r.Richard
J.r.Richard

Wow, and you thought it was stupid to use the N-word in a room full of black guys, tweet it and they will kick you off the team...even in Alabama. 

Florencio
Florencio

A racist tweet from Alabama, Shocking!

Dave C1
Dave C1

 @silemone Come on we all don't smell the same.... black people smell different.

Kat_Sutter
Kat_Sutter

 @Mrserichartman 

"Free speech" applies to the government, meaning you can't be fined or arrested for what you say.  It isn't a get out of jail free card, meaning there are no consequences whatsoever, or that private companies can't do what they want.  Free speech doesn't mean your boss isn't permitted to fire your ass if you go up to him and call him a "stupid MF-er" to his face.  

John12345
John12345

 @Mrserichartman He has the right to say what he wants, and the university has a right to dissociate themselves from him.

Kat_Sutter
Kat_Sutter

 @JohnDeCenzo 

First, the name of the song is "Sweet Home Alabama", not "Alabama"

And they're NOT praising Wallace, they're speaking AGAINST him.  

 

"In Birmingham, they love the governor (boo boo boo)

Now we all did what we could do

Now Watergate does not bother me

Does your conscience bother you?

Tell the truth"

 

Meaning -- not everyone in the South is a racist, we voted AGAINST Wallace, and we also shouldn't held responsible for what Nixon did.  

 

It was also not a serious insult against Young -- he himself has covered the song, I believe.  

 

(Note:  I'm from Pittsburgh, not Alabama.)  

Kat_Sutter
Kat_Sutter

 @Mel 

How about you read the quote again, only where it says "expletive" substitute another word that rhymes with "bigger".  If you still doesn't get it, I can't help you.  

Michael14
Michael14

@Mel Mel, if you fail to see how a comment about a black public figure which contemptuously applies a racial slur is racist, it's a wonder you've managed to turn this computer on.

John54
John54

 @Mel

 Mel, would it help you to know that the offending word begins with 'N'? And if so, why would you ever use such a word about a white President?

Joe57
Joe57

 @Mel Yeah, okay. I'm sure you looked at Bush and Clinton speeches and used a racially charged epithet to signal your frustration. Sure. Let me guess, some off your best friends are black too, right?

 

All we need now are the idiots who say "Freedom of Speech!" and signal just how little they know about that particular right.

 

The amount of butthurt in this country after the election is just hilarious. Sorry 'bout it.

Skins#onefan
Skins#onefan

 @Aaron Staubs no need for Obama "followers" to work for unity when all they have to do is sit back and let your ignorance and hatred of all things  "not white" come shinning through and the folks that have clue will just come and join the party:)  Thanks for making our job easy. ..by the way, love the name calling..."dumb buffoon that fell of  fertilizer truck"..that's funny!

Michael14
Michael14

 @Aaron Staubs Aaron - you've gone and done the same. You've reacted to collective judgement (which is inappropriate and unintelligent) with your own collective judgement. You're demonstrably no better; you've proved it. Good luck growing up.

Mel
Mel

 @Florencio Liberal comment from a northerner. Just as shocking...

Greg
Greg

 @Florencio Racism is everywhere Florencio.  Have you ever been to Alabama?  Of all the 50 states, my opinion is Hawaii is the most racist.  Yes, I lived there.  Yes, I'm from Alabama.  And I've been to 40+states and other countries as well.  I get so tired of hearing people make comments about Alabama because of things that happened nearly 50 years ago.  Alabama definitely has its flaws, but no worse than anywhere else.  I'm not a racist and I'm proud to be from Alabama.

imonlyhuman54
imonlyhuman54

 @stabmasterarson21 Greeting to all on this post. I am a proud member of many races. Mainly the human race. I pray for the day when we all accept each other for the people we are other than the color, creed, religion, etc... It's sad that it usually takes a catastrophe or natural disaster to bring people together. May God love, help and heal us all. Don't condemn an entire group of people for one man's comment. Pray for him and those like him.

Mel
Mel

 @Michael14  @Mel Missed the n word. My apologies on that. That said, now if the black community that's so up in arms over it would have the SAME REACTION when other blacks use the exact same word...

Mel
Mel

 @Joe57 Hey man I missed the N word. My apologies. Now that said, how many times have you had the same angry reaction torwards a black person using...THE SAME WORD??? Or are you one of those that calls us mean white folks racist for it, but says it's freedom of speech when black folks use it?

Joe57
Joe57

 @Michael14  @Aaron Staubs He's just mad the fertilizer company said he'd need to pass the 2nd grade before they let him drive one of their trucks.

Kat_Sutter
Kat_Sutter

 @SteveRosset  @bubbalooey 

In some countries, actually you can be fined for using hate speech, I believe.  Germany is pretty strict about neo-Nazism, for example.  

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

 @Greg  @Florencio I am not a racist and I am proud to be from Alabama. I also know that it has no shortage of racists. There are many less than before,but they are still prevalent .The election and re-election of President Obama has increasingly brought it to the fore Racism and bigotry exist virtually everywhere in some form or another,to be sure. But Alabama and the rest of the South have a long way to go to shed the despicable history of Jim Crow. This fools tweet is proof and even more so the responses to it...."who the cap fits,let them wear it" There have been great strides made and there are many ,many people who refuse to abide the ignorance any longer.

Michael14
Michael14

 @Greg  @Florencio Greg - racism is a persistent human problem; absolutely. It's plainly false to suggest that every place on earth expresses the same general patterns and legacies of racism, though. After all, you contradicted that idea yourself by branding one particular place - Hawaii - as a particular hotbed of racism. When it comes to distrust and disapproval of African Americans by Caucasian Americans, it's a similarly demonstrable fact that the most persistent patterns of racism can be found in the traditional south. That's true whether or not Alabama is a state with other redeeming qualities, and it's true whether or not this player is representative of the Alabama you know.

Michael14
Michael14

 @Mel  @Michael14 Beside the point, and shallow. Look - it's objectively the case that the "n word" should be retired from the English language, and yes, it's unfortunate that blacks use the word cavalierly in a way which complicates and muddies discussions over its use. That said - even though "n----r" as a term of camaraderie between blacks is distasteful, there's a gulf of difference between that use, and employing it as a contemptuous description of race. Is that a double standard? Absolutely - which is how language and culture work. It's one thing, for instance, for me to call my mother "stupid," while speaking to my sister; it's another entirely for a stranger on the street to do so. Context and intent matter. When a white person contemptuously applies the "n word" to a black person, the context and intent can't be compared (with a straight face, at least) to uses of the word which lack that context and intent. That you'd do so speaks to your obtuse thinking. 

Michael14
Michael14

 @Mel  @Joe57 "Freedom of speech" and "racist" aren't mutually exclusive. Your posts are getting progressively more unintelligent and immature.