Backup Center Buck Burnette Kicked Off Team

Too depressing for the front page. Back to the Fan Posts we go.  --PB--

Texas sophomore center Buck Burnette has left the Longhorns because of a violation of team rules. Coach Mack Brown just issued a statement on Burnette. However, there were no specifics on what rule Burnette violated. Burnette is a former Wimberley High School standout. He has played in seven of Texas’ nine games as a backup offensive lineman.

That's certainly out of left field... I've not heard anything previously on this kid being a problem. Certainly a loss for our OL depth, but also a concern for the impact on this guy's future. Whatever it was, I hope Buck gets his act together and finds his way back on the field - somewhere.

UPDATE, 9:30 pm by PB: As you all know, politics and religion are not topics open for discussion at BON.

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.

Burnette subsequently apologized: "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."

Though it's good to see Burnette apologize (if not take full responsibility), I applaud the coaches for doing the right thing. Burnette's remarks are offensive to any American, but must have been especially hurtful to his African-American teammates. Finally, such threats of violence--even if made in jest--are wholly unacceptable.

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