The Florida State football team has been banned from tweeting after a sophomore player sent out a message saying, "Kill cops."
FSU defensive back Tyler Hunter tweeted the message after he was pulled over for a traffic violation. Moments after his first tweet, he sent out the message, "If I said it I meant it."
"Kill cops" happens to be a lyric from a song by rapper Lil Boosie, who is currently in prison on drug convictions.
The tweets sparked outrage among Florida law enforcement officials. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the university's president and head football coach Jimbo Fisher saying, "To publicly advocate the murder of police officers is outrageous and hateful."
Fisher responded by banning his team from using Twitter and has Hunter in one-on-one counseling with FSU's chief of police. After Hunter finishes his sensitivity program, Fisher said he will make a public apology to police. FSU students said the punishment fits the crime.
"If he did mean it [the apology], yeah it’s great," FSU junior Daniel Price said. "If he didn’t, it’s still a good experience.”
"Jimbo is doing the right thing I feel," junior Graham Morrison said.
But it may not be good enough for police who saw 13 of their own killed in the line of duty in 2011, and three more killed so far this year.