An employee for Hilton Grand Vacations has been suspended after a Facebook post called for the lynching of Florida State University’s first black head football coach, company officials announced.
A spokeswoman for the Orlando-based vacation-ownership company confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday that the unnamed employee could face further discipline, including termination, after a Facebook post featured a meme depicting Willie Taggart being lynched alongside the words: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing your rep.”
“Our concern regarding this situation is a top priority,” company spokeswoman Lauren George told the newspaper. “The team member responsible has been suspended while further action is being considered. We want to ensure all Team Members’ behavior is consistent with our values and code of conduct.”
The post, which has since been removed, came after the Seminoles finished a disappointing 5-7 season in Taggart’s first campaign with a 41-14 blowout loss on Saturday to in-state rival Florida. It marked the team’s first losing season since 1976 and ended Florida State’s 36 consecutive trips to a bowl game.
“I’m dead F—— serious,” the author of the post responded to a critical comment about the meme. “This is how far I’m willing to go to get rid of this clown.”
Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell told the Tallahassee Democrat that his office learned of the post on Saturday. An investigation by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the university’s police department is now ongoing, he said.
SOURCE: Joshua Rhett Miller
New York Post