Facebook Is Trouble, Example 241,028


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↵Buck Burnette is your latest example of how not to use Facebook. The backup center for the Texas Longhorns is no longer on the team due to "unspecified violations of team rules," according to Texas. The real story of how he managed to Facebook his way off the team, however, may be far more specific and interesting than that bland statement. ↵

↵Sometime after the election results were announced, Burnette posted something very, very nasty under his "status" line on Facebook that allegedly involved a racial slur in reference to Obama. Then, sometime afterward, this appeared: ↵

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↵⇥Clearly I have made a mistake and apologized for it and will pay for it. I received it as a text message from an acquaintance and immaturely put it up on facebook in the light of the election. Im not racist and apologize for offending you. I grew up on a ranch in a small town where that was a real thing and I need to grow up. I sincerely am sorry for being ignorant in thinking that it would be ok to write that publicly and apologize to you in particular. I have to be more mature than to put the reputation of my team at stake and to spread that kind of hate which I dont even believe in. Once again, I sincerely apologize. ↵
↵Remember, Buck, it's important to keep racism in the home, not in public. Remember: if you're thinking about openly advocating for the assassination of the president-elect, you may want to password-protect your facebook page at the very least, or perhaps just keep that thought to yourself. People have a way of noticing those things, and by people we mean "the Secret Service ramming down your door at three in the morning."
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↵(H/T: The World of Issac)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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