Racially charged tweet gets player kicked off team at North Alabama

Published On December 18, 2012 | By Jill Saftel


Most viewers understood why NBC moved its Sunday Night Football matchup of Patriots vs. 49ers to other channels in order to carry President Obama’s speech at a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Unfortunately, a football player at the University of North Alabama was not among those reasonable viewers.

Bradley Patterson was kicked off the team after he posted a tweet that contained a racial slur about President Barack Obama on Sunday night when NBC briefly transferred coverage and those who wanted to stay with the football game were required to change the channel.

According to the Washington Post, tweeting on an account that has since been deleted, Patterson tweeted, “Take that [racial slur] off the tv, we wanna watch football!”

Patterson was an uninvited walk-on long snapper who had joined the team in the fourth week of the season, according to a UNA official. UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder tweeted Sunday night that Patterson was no longer on the team.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.