Alabama football player booted for calling Obama ‘n*gger’ during Newtown speech

By David Edwards
Monday, December 17, 2012 14:48 EDT
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Former UNA football player Bradley Patterson (Twitter)
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A University of Northern Alabama football player has reportedly been kicked off the team after he sent out a racist tweet during President Barack Obama’s speech at a vigil for the victims of last week’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

While the president was speaking to the grieving residents of Newtown on Sunday night, DeadSpin noted that a number of football fans sent out insensitive tweets because the 49ers-Patriots game had been preempted by the speech.

“Take that n*gger off the tv, we wanna watch football,” one Twitter user named Bradley Patterson wrote.


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Storified by David Edwards · Mon, Dec 17 2012 11:41:03

Take that nigger off the tv, we wanna watch football! @Hester52 @Ty_CoolerThanUBradley Patterson

The Birmingham News confirmed that Patterson had joined the UNA football team as an uninvited walk-on in the fourth week of the season.

“Thx 2 everyone who brought the inappropriate tweet to our attention,” UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder tweeted later that evening. “@UNAAthletics does not condone. He is no longer a member of the team.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if the school would take additional disciplinary action and Patterson’s Twitter account has since been closed.

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David Edwards
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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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