An Alabama fan has been fired from his job after tweeting he was “glad” Alabama receiver Jermaine Burton hit a female Tennessee fan in the head after fans stormed the field last week at Neyland Stadium.
“I am glad he did it,” the employee tweeted on Tuesday. “Should have knocked her head off. Not supposed to be on the field anyway.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
However, his employer, Kele Inc. of Memphis, replied to the tweet on the social media platform.
“Kele does not stand for or tolerate offensive or hateful comments toward any group or individual. We take this issue very seriously, and as a result, Kele and this employee have parted ways.”
Outkick, the first to report the news, got a screen grab of the tweet.
On Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he was looking into the incident from the Tennessee game after a viral video appears to show Burton strike a female fan who walks through his path as the Tennessee student section emptied onto the Neyland Stadium turf after the Vols upset Alabama 52-49.
“We are aware of the situation with Jermaine Burton as he was exiting the field Saturday,” read a statement from Nick Saban released through UA media relations Wednesday. “We are currently working to gather more information.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.