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Bradley Patterson kicked off UNA team for tweeting Obama epithet

December 18, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • President Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
President Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims… (Olivier Douliery-Pool…)

Bradley Patterson, the long snapper for the University of North Alabama college football team, has a lot of free time on his hands now because he is no longer a member of the North Alabama college football team.

Of course, he apparently had a lot of free time on his hands anyway, judging by the tweet he sent out that led to his dismissal from the team.

NBC interrupted its coverage of the Sunday night football game between San Francisco and New England to show President Obama speaking at a memorial service for the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Patterson didn't like the fact the game was interrupted, and sent the following tweet:

"Take that .... off the tv, we wanna watch football!" read the tweet, using a racial epithet for Obama.

North Alabama Athletic Director Mark Linder issued a statement on his Twitter account later Sunday condemning Patterson's comments.

'Thx 2 everyone who brought the inappropriate tweet to our attention,' Linder wrote. '@UNAAthletics does not condone. He is no longer a member of the team.'

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