'Racist' social media post about kneeling football players creates controversy
A Facebook post about New England Patriots players kneeling during the national anthem has landed a public official in trouble.
Stephen V. Pina posted: "Turds. Your dumb--- isn't paid to think about politics...dance monkey dance."
NBC 10 News has learned that Pina works in the federal government's veterans benefits office in Providence. He also serves as a volunteer member of the Parks and Recreation Commission in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he lives.
A reporter visited his home on Monday, but no one came to the door.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter asked for and got Pina's resignation from the board, according to the NBC station in Boston.
“It's offensive,” Carpenter said. “It's racist.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs sent the following statement: "VA does not condone or tolerate such unacceptable comments from any of our employees. We are conferring with general counsel to determine the appropriate actions to take."
The controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem flared up again with more players protesting Sunday after comments from President Donald Trump Friday.
“Wouldn't you love one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field,’” Trump said.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Trump friend, said he was disappointed in the president's tone and that he supported his players.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, as well as star quarterback Tom Brady, also weighed in.
“I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men,” Belichick said, with Brady saying, “I certainly disagree with what he said and thought it was just divisive.”