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.

“I wasn’t planning on this happening; it just got too serious and out of hand,” Patterson said. “It really didn’t occur to me until I started thinking about it late last night that I realized what I got myself into, and I realized I couldn’t get myself out of it without at least asking for an apology,” he said.

Despite his comments, Patterson says he is not a racist.

“I just want them to know that I ain’t like that. I was raised better than that, and I just got in over my head,” he said. “I put that on Twitter. I can’t take it back, and it’s always going to be in the back of somebody’s mind that I said that, but I can’t make them forgive me.”

Patterson also expressed his apologies to his teammates and the Commander-in-Chief.

“I want to apologize to President Obama for my outbreak last night. What I said was uncalled for, but I didn’t even stop to think what he was saying before it was sent. If I could go back right now, I would change it. I wouldn’t hesitate to do so,” Patterson expressed.

In addition to his apology, Patterson also offered his prayers and thoughts to the victims who lost their lives in Newtown on Friday.

(Photo: AP)

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12 thoughts on “Ex-UNA Athlete Apologizes For Racist Obama Tweet

  1. I’m no more confident what your location is getting your information, nevertheless beneficial subject matter. I actually ought to spend a while mastering more and also exercising additional. Thank you for fantastic facts I became looking for this info in my goal.

  2. I think it is sad that this young man blew a oppurtunity. I don’t expect him to change his views on race for that belief is his right-however he has got to learn when and where to speak. Why can’t folk understand that web communication is a form of documenting???? When do folk –ow up and stop being so selfish ????

  3. TJ is right. He meant what he said. Why do these crazy white boys apologize for writing, twitting, facebooking, or even emailing for expressing what they meant. Their apologies fall on deaf ears as far as I’m concerned.

  4. K Kendall on said:

    It is disgusting having to listen to the total disrespect visited on our President. Do Americans understand the grandeur/solemn importance of the office? Even today, as the President was giving the address concerning the horrific deaths of the Connecticut school chilodren, the last reporter that he called for questions, asked him “……and where have you been” –you should have heard his tone! I hope he gets fired, or at least not let back into the WH again.

  5. Sum ppl wanna over look it like they do everything else here n Ala. I’m sure plenty more was feeln the same as him but they know u dnt say everything ure thinkn. Guess he’ll learn that lesson now.

  6. Ted Adderly on said:

    His true feeling came out and yes he is racist. He is sorry because he got caught. There are to many more like him in Amerca. You will not be missed…

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  8. Agreed…he’s only sorry because he got caught! But credit the coach for making a statement with such a move so quickly because he could’ve done like many others and looked the other way.

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