Obama's speech pre-empting 'Sunday Night Football' fuels racist reaction on Twitter

Obama's speech pre-empting 'Sunday Night Football' fuels racist reaction on Twitter

Newtown : CT : USA | Dec 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM PST
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President Obama arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Sunday evening to offer support to the grieving town, especially the victim families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy. The president's speech at a vigil was carried live by major TV networks, including NBC, which chose to pre-empt its "Sunday Night Football" broadcast.

In fairness to NBC, the network advised its national audience prior to Obama's speech that they could continue watching the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers on their cable affiliates such as CNBC.

But as the president delivered his speech during an NFL game, it brought out some of America's dumbest racists reaction on social media like Twitter.

Deadspin, a website that covers sports gossip, has documented some of the racist and "n-word"-laced tweets from angry football fans who objected to President Obama addressing the Newtown, Conn. murders during gametime Sunday.

Among the tweets collected by Deadspin was one from a University of North Alabama player named Bradley Patterson, who was reportedly cut from the team after tweeting:

@2A_HogOfTheYear "Take that n*gger off the tv, we wanna watch football!"

Patterson's tweet was brought to the attention of the school athletic director, and now "[h]e is no longer a member of the team, according to a tweet tonight by UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder," according to a report on Al.com.

In fact, all 14 NFL games on Sunday observed moments of silence to remember the victims of the tragic Connecticut elementary school shooting.


The fact is that some documented tweets by Deadspin were filled with hate and racism, and frankly it was uncalled for in a civilized society. There is no need for the hate to spew over social media just because the TV network pre-empted the NFL game to air Obama's speech. They advised the viewers prior to the speech.

Nonetheless, if watching Patriots-49ers game was very important to you, then you could have used your TV remote control instead of going to Twitter to show what a jerk you are. However, NBC has to respect those who preferred to watch the football game as well. Some people are just fed-up with news about the terrible tragedy that has consumed most on TV, Internet, radio and social media.

As much as we respect everyone's right to grieve over this tragedy that includes listening to the President speak more about the event then go for it. Moreover, NBC should have respected others who desire to cope this horrible tragedy through watching NFL football game.

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