Nov 14, 2014 8:16 AM

Patriots apologize after thanking tweeter with N-word in handle

The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a "fan" who used a racist Twitter handle.

The team was holding a social media promotion to thank fans for helping them became the first NFL team with one million Twitter followers.

The team sent out thousands of tweets on Thursday night in thanks, which included a "digital custom jersey," but one of those images showed a Patriots jersey with the racist Twitter handle on the back.

(Disclaimer: The above image was altered by NH1 to blur out offensive language.)

The tweet was quickly deleted and the team issued a statement that read: "We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed and we will be more vigilant in the future."

A team spokesman Friday declined additional comment and referred to the prior statement.


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