A fire chief from Pennsylvania felt sorry that people were offended by his racist comment, so he apologized for calling Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a “no-good n*gger” after his team chose to stay off the field during the national anthem during this Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
The Steelers chose to make the game about playing football instead of about politics.
‘We’re not going to play politics,’ Tomlin said. ‘We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today – not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from the circumstance.’
Paul Smith, the chief of the volunteer fire department in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook that Tomlin “just added himself to the list of no-good n**gers” for his decision not to take the field during the anthem, reported CBS Pittsburgh.
“Yes, I said it,” Smith added afterward.
Many people in the town reacted angrily to Smith’s post, and said it was inappropriate for a town official to spout racism.
“I’m completely upset, especially for a town like this, coming from the fire chief, that’s disrespectful in my eyes,” said Cecil Township resident Dylan Pareso. “I don’t agree with it one bit.”
Smith realized that he made a mistake and the members of his township were not looking the other way, so he quickly sent a message to CBS Pittsburgh apologizing for his racist rant.
“I am embarrassed at this,” he said. “I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing the anthem. This had nothing to do with my Fire Department. I regret what I said.”
Watch the CBS report below:
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)