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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?

34 Comments

  1. Velma

    So what? He has a right to say what he wants to on his Facebook page. However, when one is in an important position it is left to the employer to make that call. Sure, have a sit down with him, but to suspend him would be ridiculous.

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  2. marais morris

    but did this racist POS ever say a mumbling word about amy winehouse? prob not. or elvis. prob not. yet he expects people to believe that he is not a racist. and to think that black parents had entrusted this POS with their kids. and i will bet EVERYTHING that he NEVER ONCE POSTED anything about BERNIE MADOFF on his facebook page. why? because he did not care until it was a black person getting more media coverage than his racist rant evr will.

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    • thinkpink

      Could not agree with your comment more. I see this so frequently. The outrage flies when the person being covered is of color but a non black person would rarely receive the same level of vitriol.

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  3. If you don’t even realize that you post a racist comment, that says to me that you use racist comments so much in your life, that its like breathing to you. You don’t even realize when you’re doing it because its second nature.

    You know how I can tell when a person is racist? When they always feel the need to let you know that they have black friends.

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    • DolphinsandPuppies

      You think they would come up with another line other than the old “I have black friends” argument. Hey at least he’s exposed himself for the true racist he is. There are so many others walking around with their invisible KKK hoods on smiling in black folks faces.

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    • binks

      Exactly! This dude should have been fired, I wouldn’t trust him around kids since he is so liberal with his words.

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  4. Dalili

    When will people in positions of power learn social media outlets are not the venue for personal heated rants? He could have avoided ‘ruining his life’ by:

    a) Reading or watching news unrelated to Whitney’s death; there were plenty of other things going on.
    b) Avoid using such a derogatory and incendiary term on a public forum…am sure he has befriended some of his players’ parents.

    I think the racial sensitivity classes are a waste of time; can’t teach an old dog new tricks. And I wonder if he would ever use the ‘N’ word in the context he did around his black friends?

    Utter foolishness!

    Utter foolishness!

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    • I got sense!

      That’s what I was thinking. He’s acting like it’s justifiable. Both of his issues are HIS. Why call Whitney the N-word b/c of what the New Jersey governor wanting ppl to lower their flags but it was not required. And if you are tired of watching/reading things about her, then STOP! Really!?!!?? Why throw a bitch fit and post it on Facebook. Idiot! It just doesn’t make sense and only helps to me better understand why kids act a damn fool… b/c they are being raised by fools. He is a racist and will forever be one.

      Case closed

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  5. Glad this has ruined his life. That’s exactly what racists deserve. The school should fire him immediately & teach others the lesson that his type of bigotry is not tolerated in the halls of education.

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