WVU Team Trainer Tweets Offensive Obama Comment

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University athletic department officials won't say how they're handling an offensive tweet about President Barack Obama by a student trainer for the baseball and football teams.

According to the WVU directory, athletic training student Shane Douglas Cooney is from Gainesville, Fla.

On Wednesday, Cooney tweeted that he can't bring himself to think about voting for - in his words - "that colored man."

Cooney doesn't have a phone listing and didn't immediately respond to an email Thursday.

Athletic department spokesman Mike Fragale tells the Associated Press he can't comment because Cooney is protected by federal student privacy laws. Fragale says it's a personnel issue that will be handled internally.

Cooney's Twitter account has been deleted.

A few people retweeted his post. Some called it racist.

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