A fire chief in Pennsylvania, upset that the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears, used social media to call head coach Mike Tomlin a “no-good n—er.”
Paul Smith has since apologized.
“I am embarrassed at this,” he told CBS Pittsburgh. “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 Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also stayed in the locker room during the anthem, as all teams did before every game until 2009.
The Steelers lost in overtime.