Racially charged Obama tweet gets North Alabama player booted from team
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:
Thx 2 everyone who brought the inappropriate tweet to our attention. @unaathletics does not condone. He is no longer a member of the team.
— Mark Linder (@UNAAthletics) December 17, 2012
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.