A suggestion to shoot players kneeling for the national anthem cost a firefighter his job

San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid (35) and Colin Kaepernick (7) take a knee during the National Anthem prior to their season opener against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. The Niners won 28-0. (Daniel Gluskoter/AP Images for Panini)

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An Arkansas firefighter was relieved of his duties after writing a controversial Facebook post about professional athletes taking a knee for the national anthem in which he called for President Trump to “post snipers at every game” to shoot kneeling players “in the head.”

“Earle Fire Department Officers have relieved that firefighter of duties indefinitely,” the department wrote, announcing their decision to fire the employee on Facebook. “Earle Fire Department in no way agrees with the statements that were made and that type of behavior will not be tolerated by any employees of Earle Fire Department.”

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“U want my honest opinion about these worthless piece of crap proffessional football basketball and baseball wannabe players I think trump should post snipers at every game and each player that takes a knee or sits in the lockerroom should b shot in the head,” read a screenshot of the post in question, which appeared under an account with the name Jonathan Marotti. “I have no sympathy for them and no respect and as for the rest of u Obama lovin snowflakes out here protesting and makin idiots out of urselves u should be shot on sight if you disagree with me then dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.”

Assistant Chief John Buford said Marotti, who had been with the department for at least four years, violated the agency’s social media policy, which bans employees from posting anything that may reflect poorly on their employer.

“You devalue human life by making a comment like that,” Buford said.

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