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College Football Player Kicked Off Team After Tweeting N-Word During Obama’s Newtown Speech

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President Barack Obama addresses the natives of Newtown, Conn., on Sunday night following Friday's horrific school shooting. (credit: Stephen Dunn-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama addresses the natives of Newtown, Conn., on Sunday night following Friday’s horrific school shooting. (credit: Stephen Dunn-Pool/Getty Images)

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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama says a walk-on football player won’t be allowed back on the team after sending a tweet about President Barack Obama.

Sports publicist Jeff Hodges said Monday coaches have informed lineman Bradley Patterson of Red Bay that he’s no longer welcome because of his social media comment.

Hodges says coaches acted after being informed of a message that refers to Obama by a racial epithet. The tweet complained that Obama’s speech about the Connecticut school massacre pre-empted an NFL game Sunday night.

Hodges says the school found that there’s no question the tweet was issued by Patterson. Patterson couldn’t be reached by The Associated Press for comment Monday.

Hodges says Patterson joined the team as a walk-on after the fourth game of this season.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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