Former University of Northern Alabama athlete Bradley Patterson is now apologizing for disrespecting President Barack Obama on Twitter.
Patterson tweeted a racially-offensive message on Sunday while President Barack Obama delivered a speech honoring victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting. The former football player was upset the speech interrupted the NFL football game Sunday night.
Shortly after he tweeted the message he received a call from his coach telling him he was no longer a part of the team.
Coach Mark Linder applauded the public for bringing awareness to the issue. He tweeted:
“Thx 2 everyone who brought it to our attention. @UNAAthletics does not condone. He is no longer a member of the team.”
UNA’s President Dr. William Cale found the message to be a disgrace to the school’s reputation.
“I want them to know I’m deeply saddened by what was done and the adverse impact it has on our university and probably him as an individual,” Cale said.
Patterson joined the team as a walk-on after their fourth game this season. His name was immediately removed from the team roster.