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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?

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  • Kacey

    “I have…friends who are black”:

    This is the mantra of every racist person.

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    • chanela

      hell a lot of white people who freely use the word nigga (the same damn word) DO have black friends. how the hell else would they know that its acceptable in everyday conversation? why get mad??

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  • http://www.womanist-musings.com/ womanistmusings

    White folk need to stop pretending that being called a racist is worse than living with racism. Of course he’s a racist and no amount of sensitivity training is going to fix that. No one slips and accidentally uses the N word.

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    • rhirhi-hater

      no one accidently types it thats for sure

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  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I feel some type of way about this…I feel like I can never fully trust a white person not to harbor prejudice! I don’t care whether they were raised by a black mother and the blackest father on earth, but I just feel that way. I feel like every and any white person has the potential of disappointing me! The use of the “n” word brings out EMOTIONS in me. I’ve been called that and I can tell you-I ALMOST caught a case!-well not literally, but you get how it went down.

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    • Yb

      +1 Exact same sentiments

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  • sli

    OMG, that Twitter and Facebook, again! When will people learn? I think they took the right actions. He has a long time to reflect on what he did. I guess, while ranting whether Whitney is a role model, he forgot that he was one, too. So what does his players think of him now?

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  • Zy

    he didn’t “realize” he’d used the word until AFTER he’d posted it to his page and yet… he didn’t take the post down? I swear, the comedy relief these morons provide is unmatched! LOL

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