And he followed with “Yes I said it.”
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — On Sunday, volunteer fire chief Paul Smith took it upon himself to post racial slurs in the Facebook comment section to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. It happened after Tomlin and Steelers decided to not to go onto the field for the national anthem against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Smith posted: “Tomlin just added himself to the list of no-good N*ggers. Yes, I said it.”
Following the comment, the residents from the Pennsylvania towns were enraged and they brought the story to the forefront. Thousands of social media users and online publications shared the story and held Smith accountable for his comments.
“I’m completely upset, especially for a town like this, coming from the fire chief, that’s disrespectful in my eyes. I don’t agree with it one bit,” said Cecil Township resident Dylan Pareso, according to Raw Story.
Subsequently, the fire chief reframed from his statement and sent an apology to CBS Pittsburgh, according to Raw Story.
“I am embarrassed at this. I want to apologize,” said Smith. “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.”