FSU Player, Tyler Hunter Sends Police-Hate Tweet

By: Whitney Ray, Eyewitness News Email
By: Whitney Ray, Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 2, 2012- 8:45 pm

The Florida State Men's football team has taken some heat in the recent weeks after comments some of its players made over twitter. It's led to coach Jimbo Fisher revamping his team's social meeting policy.

Last month, FSU sophomore defensive back Tyler Hunter tweeted about killing cops, after he was pulled over by police. Hunter's comments and twitter page have since been taken down. But the effects of those remarks are still being felt. Hunter's comments have brought backlash from groups like Florida's Fraternal Order of Police. And has led to coach Fisher banning his players from using Twitter for the time being.

FSU has a social media policy in place that all of its athletes must sign each August. The three page contract warns athletes to be careful about using social media sites because anything they do can be seen publicly. But it doesn't ban them from using any specific sites.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 2, 2012- 6pm

An FSU football player is raising the ire of police around the state tonight.

After being pulled over for a traffic violation, FSU Defensive Back Tyler Hunter tweeted "Kill Cops." Now, police organizations are demanding action.

Banned from tweeting, FSU's football team is paying the price for one player's tirade against police officers.

In a series of tweets, by defensive back Tyler Hunter following a traffic stop, he writes "kill cops." Then moments later "If I said it I meant it."

The kill cops lyric is from a rap song by "Lil Boosie," who is currently in prison on drug convictions. The name of the song isn't fit for TV.

The tweets have sparked outrage among Florida police officers. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police fired off this letter to FSU's president and head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher. The letter says "to publically advocate the murder of police officers is outrageous and hateful."

Fisher responded with this letter. He banned his team from using Twitter and has Hunter in one-on-one counseling with FSU's Chief of Police. FSU students say the punishment fits the crime.

Says Daniel Price, an FSU Junior: "If he did mean it, yeah it's great. If he didn't, it's still a good experience."

Says Graham Morrison, an FSU Junior: "Jimbo is doing the right thing I feel."

But it may not be good enough for police who saw 13 of their own killed in the line of duty in 2011, and three more killed so far this year.

After Hunter finishes his sensitivity program, Coach Fisher says the sophomore will make a public apology to police.


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