November 06, 2008
Buck Burnette's dismissal is the result of him posting to his Facebook page an extremely immature, intolerant, and hateful remark about President-Elect Barack Obama. Upon learning of what he posted, Mack Brown dismissed him from the team.
I have a tip and an alleged quote on the vile remark -- involving hunters and racial epithets that I can't reprint -- but nothing that absolutely confirms the exact wording. There's no question about the sentiment, though. Burnette wasn't booted from the team based on idle speculation, and the latest status update before his profile went down (above) includes an apology that leaves no doubt about the nature of Buck's initial reaction to the thought of President Obama:
Clearly I have made a mistake and apologized for it and will pay for it. I received it as a text message from an acquaintance and immaturely put it up on facebook in the light of the election. Im not racist and apologize for offending you. I grew up on a ranch in a small town where that was a real thing and I need to grow up. I sincerely am sorry for being ignorant in thinking that it would be ok to write that publicly and apologize to you in particular. I have to be more mature than to put the reputation of my team at stake and to spread that kind of hate which I dont even believe in. Once again, I sincerely apologize.
He has indeed paid, with his position and possibly his scholarship. And the Longhorns will pay, too: The depth chart on the offensive line is looking pretty precarious. But they had no choice. Thanks to Buck, schools are one giant step closer to banning athletes from Facebook altogether, at least until they stop flashing cash, making homicidal threats and calling the future president horrible names.