#FirePaulSmith trending after Pennsylvania fire chief Paul Smith called Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin a “no good n*gger” after his team did not come out onto the field for the national anthem during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The team didn’t take the field during the anthem in defiance of Donald Trump’s attacks on black players protesting the anthem.
Smith, the chief of the volunteer fire department in Cecil Township, posted on Facebook that Tomlin “just added himself to the list of no-good n*ggers” for not taking the field during the national anthem, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
Smith boldly stated afterward, “Yes, I said it.” He later sent an apology to CBS Pittsburgh saying, “I am embarrassed at this.” “I want to apologize. 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.”
The apology came after he was caught. He was finally ousted by the Cecil Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, WTAE reports. Donald Trump is bringing out the worst in America.
Reaction on Twitter to #FirePaulSmith hashtag:
— Trina Lee (@TrinaLee85) September 26, 2017
Paul Smith is a no good racist who must be fired immediately from his position of authority in Cecil Township. https://t.co/LBtS8EgVcK
— Dan McCulley (@abq_fella) September 26, 2017
I wouldn't feel safe with this person running the fire department no matter what my race. #FirePaulSmith
— Eric S (@LVGambler123) September 26, 2017
You cannot serve a community that you hate & demean. #FirePaulSmith
— Grace G (@GarbanzoGorilla) September 26, 2017