Michigan State Police Director Called Kneeling NFL Players 'Anti-American Degenerates'

Kneeling NFL Players

Michigan State Police Director Called Kneeling NFL Players 'Anti-American Degenerates'

Kriste Kibbey Etue later apologized amidst calls for her to resign.

Published September 27, 2017

It turns out that the Pennsylvania fire chief who called Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a "no-good n****r" wasn't the only person in uniform to verbally assault protesters from the NFL.

Earlier this week, Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue took to her Facebook page and shared a letter to the NFL, calling players protesting during the national anthem "millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans," while adding that they're "a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates," as reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Think she's a President Trump supporter? And get this, she wrote "Signed, We the People" to end her since-deleted post. Wow.

Well, although the original message was only meant to be seen by her Facebook friends, Etue's post went viral ... and "We the People" weren't happy. Amidst calls for her to resign, Etue hopped back on her FB account last night and issued an apology.

"It was a mistake to share this message on Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended," Etue wrote, as reported by the Free Press. "I will continue my focus on the unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan."

That apology doesn't suffice with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, which issued a statement of its own, calling for Etue to be fired.

"Etue's words simply reflect the continued racist actions of the Michigan State Police, both in how they treat our citizens and in how their hiring demographics fail to even approach equity," the organization's spokesperson Kenneth Reed said in a press release, as reported by the Free Press. "There needs to be complete overhaul of the department, and we urge the Michigan Black Caucus to call an emergency meeting to address the issue and develop a list of demands."

That sentiment was echoed by people on Twitter.

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Written by BET Staff

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