Massachusetts Official Makes Racist Remark About New England Patriots Players Who Protested
Stephen V. Pina, a member of the Brockton Parks and Recreation Commission in Massachusetts, called New England Patriots players “turds” and monkeys for kneeling during the National Anthem on Sept. 24 before their game against the Tennessee Titans.
Pina wrote on Facebook: “Turds, your dumbass isn’t paid to think about politics… Dance, monkey, dance.”
Pina told The Enterprise that his comments were not supposed to be taken as racist and that he was surprised that referring to black players as monkeys could possibly be considered racist:
It was not meant to be a racist comment, and if it was taken as such that’s regrettable. I want to set the record straight.
Pina, a U.S. veteran, implied that the players’ kneeling protest was somehow an attack against the military, which it has never been.
“I got sucked into the whole social media paradigm,” Pina explained.
Pina told The Enterprise that he has heard “dance monkey dance” on a local radio show “a thousand times.”
Phyllis Ellis, president of the Brockton Area Branch NAACP, fired back:
Does that make it right?. I think it’s disgraceful. When a black person hear’s “monkey,” that’s racial discrimination. I don’t know what he’s talking about. To use his phrase, he cannot dance around this. It is what it is. It’s racial.
(Source: The Enterprise, Photo Credit: Stephen V. Pina/Facebook)