A suburban Chicago baseball coach is just the latest person to learn that whatever is said on Facebook does not stay on a Facebook.
After watching the media’s coverage of singer Whitney Houston’s death, John Kelly took to his Facebook page to express his frustration with the coverage.
Kelly ranted: “I’m so sick if reading about this dumb stupid N—– Whitney Houston..she’s the dumb ass that decided to do drugs n kill herself stay with that woman beater … she blew more $$ up her nose than most of ye will make in yer lifetime … there are kids dying real fathers n mothers fighting for their lives…grow up ye dumb assess…think she’d give a flying f— about u???? Just saying.”
Kelly says he made the comments because he was upset the media was touting Houston as a role model, but it was his use of the n-word that got him into hot water with the players and supervisors of Westside Baseball of Oak Lawn.
After his post was forwarded by the mother of a former player who was upset over Kelly’s use of a racial slur (she is black), he was benched by Westside Baseball, stripped of his leadership position as president of the board, and barred from coaching for a year. However, Kelly can regain his position after he completes a racial sensitivity course.
Kelly says this incident has “ruined his life” and that he “didn’t even realize” he used the n-word until he posted the remark on Facebook.
He explains: ”I regret using that adjective,” Kelly told the Sun-Times. “Does that make me a racist? Are you kidding me? It was the farthest thing from my mind. I have some amazing friends who are black.”
So….using the n-word “just happened” even though you normally don’t use such language? Yeah, right.
What do you think? Did Westside Baseball take the right actions or should they have fired Kelly all together?