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Player kicked off team at North Alabama for racial slur about Obama

Patriots fans honored the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting Sunday night. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

A football player at the University of North Alabama 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 the telecast of the game between the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers to other channels in order to carry Obama’s speech at the memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

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


Patterson, tweeting under on an account that has since been closed, tweeted: “Take that [racial slur] off the tv, we wanna watch football!”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · December 18, 2012