Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers speaks to an official in the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 10, 2015, in Foxboro, Mass. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Paul Smith, the chief of Cecil Volunteer Fire Station No. 2 in Washington County, Pa., was in his feelings after Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin decided to keep all the players in the locker room during the national anthem Sunday.

So Smith logged into his Facebook account and got all white-bothered and indignant and posted, “Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good niggers. Yes I said it,” WTKA-TV reports.


Here’s the thing: Don’t be all gangster on social media and even be so bold as to end your missive with “Yes I said it,” and then get all passive and apologetic when you’re caught. What did you think was going to happen? Be as gangster as you were when you were typing that bullshit.

But of course, now that he’s being called out for his racist and derogatory statement, the chief, who was out of town on vacation, is sending back all kinds of apologies.


“I am embarrassed at this. I want to apologize,” Smith wrote on his Facebook page, according to WTKA-TV. “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.

“My fire department should have never been dragged into this,” he added. “It was a bad judgement by me, for which I am very embarrassed, for them and my township.”


The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors issued a statement viewed by WTKA-TV noting that they are “deeply disturbed” by Chief Smith’s comments:

The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors is deeply disturbed by the comments made by Volunteer Chief Smith, and in no way, shape or form condone his comments. In that the volunteer fire departments are independent entities, the board suggests contacting the president of the Muse Fire Department regarding any further comment or action.


Smith called Tomlin a nigger and he didn’t apologize for calling him a nigger. But this is Trump’s America, so chances are good that nothing will happen to him.

Read more at CBS Pittsburgh.

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