Firefighter who sent tweet apologizes

Friday, June 14, 2013 7:48 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:52 AM
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An Augusta firefighter has apologized for a tweet that drew widespread criticism for questioning the citizenship of a Latino boy singing the national anthem Tuesday at Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.

“The issue was really more sensitive than what I was paying attention to,” said Andre Lacey, an Augusta firefighter since 2007, in a phone call Friday. “By no means am I racist.”

Lacey said he deleted his Twitter account, @AndreLacey, after receiving death threats. People following him on Twitter who had nothing to do with the tweet, also received threats, he said.

Lacey said he didn’t expect the backlash to his original tweet, in which he wrote, “How you signing the anthem lookin like an illegal immigrant.”

The tweet, and several others like it, drew national attention after it was picked up by news sites and blogs.

“It was an insensitive remark,” said Lacey, who added that he wasn’t speaking as a representative of the city of Augusta or the fire department, only issuing a personal apology because he is “humbly regretful” for making the “tasteless” comment.

Earlier this week, Fire Chief Chris James said the department was aware of the tweet and taking a look at its options.

As of Friday, he said, “It’s still in progress.”

The tweet will be addressed by Lacey’s shift commander sometime after Lacey, who hasn’t been back to work since the tweet was sent, returns to the fire station, James said.

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rebellious
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rebellious 06/15/13 - 09:15 am
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Hey Ken

I bet one single word combination in your 1:11 a.m. post will earn you scrutiny, if not a visit, from the jackbooted thugs who monitor millions of communications hourly. Can you guess which 2 word combination?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 06/15/13 - 10:49 am
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Maybe I should run to the

Maybe I should run to the press every time I get called cracker, oh no I can't I'm white.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/15/13 - 11:05 am
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Mistakes are made

and may he/she who has never made a mistake in his/her life and later regretted it step forward. Sure getting crowded around me.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 06/15/13 - 12:11 pm
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Free speech. Period!!!
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Free speech. Period!!!

CJH
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CJH 06/15/13 - 12:16 pm
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Words matter...

People can say anything they want, but there are consequences to all actions! Mr. Lacey didn’t simply utter a derogatory comment. Instead he felt the need to thump his chest and point out that he is an Augusta firefighter. Who among us does not automatically think highly of these men and women who come to our rescue in our greatest time of need? What a disappointment to learn that one of our heroes is not just human, but also represents the racist ignorance of the world. How sad that he would cast such a bad light on his fellow firefighters. Then to give his statement a final bit of credibility, Mr. Lacey felt the need to point out his pride in being a father … as he verbally assaulted this child. What a solid daddy he must be! Yes, he absolutely has the right to use his freedom of speech. As an adult, he should certainly understand that there are consequences to his actions. Would an apology be enough if it were his child that was bullied by an adult “hero”?

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 06/15/13 - 01:52 pm
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like matthew mcchonaughy from

like matthew mcchonaughy from a time to kill "now imagine he is black"... i am sure that is completely different (rolling eye's)

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nocnoc 06/15/13 - 03:13 pm
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KenAmericanDad - a valid

KenAmericanDad - a valid point.

We are not at liberty to say anything we want when we want.
The classic example is yelling FIRE in a packed Movie House.
But unless the words pose a gross obscenity to minors, or a physical danger to some one, a person can spew all the manure they want. We see it everyday.

2 days ago some knuckle dragger came into a Store I was shopping at wearing a Bright T-Shirt with big clear wording.

With several 4 letter words S__ F___, to name a few, printed on it.
Yep really stupid, low class and Obscene, but that is protected speech for a Liberal?

BTW: KenAmericanDad you may be in violation of the AC EULA.

Your American Dad Icon is a Commercially copyrighted image.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 06/15/13 - 08:17 pm
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Fools names

And fools faces always appear in public places

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 06/15/13 - 09:02 pm
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The term cracker came from

The term cracker came from the American slavery era. The hits man ho made the whip "crack" on the backs of the slaves.

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jackrussell 06/16/13 - 01:27 am
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Well, I certainly recall many

Well, I certainly recall many wanting Don Imus' head on the chopping block for calling Rutgers basketball players "nappy headed hos" some years back. So, was that outrage because it was a white man speaking of a black woman? And now, is it okay because Lacey is black and the little fellow American Hispanic? Seems like there's some inconsistency here in just who should have free speech.

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nocnoc 06/16/13 - 04:58 pm
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Don't you just hate it when people don't finish reading?

It would do everybody good to read Wiki's complete definition.

Aside from the "dreamed up" whip-derived theories.

A Georgia Cracker is a person with family, who have lived in Georgia so long they are practically Native Americans.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_%28pejorative%29

Also a Cracker is 99.99999% unlikely, due to historical family financial status, to have ever been slave owners. AKA Good Ole Boys... GA. Red Necks.

BTW: Red Neck is still a sign of respect in many farm communities. Meaning the guy is working the fields and got a sun burned neck.

But of course those Amoral Yankees and Liberals are always trying to defile Southerns. ☺

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