Ryan Hudson of Belding, Michigan was fired from his firefighting job after calling a woman the N-word in a racist Facebook rant.
The 40-year-old firefighter and Marine Corps veteran’s post was in response to a woman’s Facebook comment over a status that mentioned San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
“Basically I wrote ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and that’s when he spelled out in no uncertain terms, because he’s now claiming he was drunk. First he was hacked, now he’s drunk,” the unnamed woman told Fox 17, adding “Yes we do have free speech in this country, but free speech does not mean you’re safe from the consequences of your free speech and your decisions.”
“We don’t just get to spout off at the mouth and spew hatred and ignorance.”
When news of the racist comment got around to Belding fire department Chief Greg Moore, he promptly fired Hudson.
“We don’t know it would have changed him from doing his job,” said Moore, who claimed the Belding city manager and the firefighter’s union supported his decision. “But what are you going to do? We can’t take the chance. We have to treat everybody no matter what and we want that to happen.”
Hudson later apologized for his action during a phone conversation with 24 Hour News 8.
“It’s very out of character for me,” said Hudson, who added that he was drunk and doesn’t remember sending the post. “I’m truly sorry from the bottom of my heart because it doesn’t reflect everybody.”