PHOTO! Here is a picture of Buck Burnette. A Facebook Obama comment by Buck Burnette has resulted in Buck Burnette being removed from the University of Texas football team, says reports.
Buck Burnette is tonight no longer University of Texas’ backup center. Burnett has been dismissed for violation of team rules says coach Mack Brown. No official comment from the school which rules were violated.
But Buck Burnette has now apologized about alleged text messages concerning Barack Obama on his facebook page.
His father Grady Burnette reportedly has issued the following statement:
“The football team really was his family, and he feels like he let his family down. He is overwhelmed with the support he’s received from his teammates and is sorry if he caused any of them pain. He feels bad because he knows that he caused a distraction to the team. He really wanted to let coach (Mack) Brown and everybody else know how sorry he is. He can’t apologize enough. “
“We, as a family, fully understand the decision Mack Brown made. We feel that he had to make it and it was the right decision. This is not about Buck. It’s about the University of Texas. Buck knew that he was representing the university and, as such, they had to let him go. He was always proud to be a part of the team and he’s really hurting right now. We’re all hurting right now as a family.”
While no confirmation from the school or Burnette what was actually posted, The American Statesman is claiming the following happened:
“According to those who saw the page, Burnette updated his status shortly after Obama was elected president Tuesday night and wrote that hunters should now gather because of who would be in the White House. One of the people who claimed to have seen Burnette’s original post said it also included a racial slur. Others saw what Burnette wrote and posted comments on other sites, encouraging their friends to shut down his page. Burnette’s page has since been deleted from Facebook.”
Statesman describes another apology by Burnette himself:
“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.”