Rangers fire employee after offensive tweet directed at UT coach

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- €“ The Texas Rangers fired a team employee Saturday after an offensive tweet about University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong appeared on the team's official Twitter account.

The tweet, which said "Fire Charlie. #bye" was quickly taken down after it was posted, but the damage had already been done. The tweet was retweeted and created a buzz on social media after it was posted just after 2 p.m.

The employee was fired less than an hour later.

"The Texas Rangers wish to apologize to the University of Texas and its head football coach Charlie Strong for the very inappropriate and insensitive message that was briefly posted on the team's twitter account this afternoon," read a statement from the team. "The tweet was posted by a member of the team's social media department who was neither working for the Rangers nor was at Globe Life Park today. Effective immediately, that individual is no longer employed by the Rangers. The Rangers sincerely regret this incident and have taken the appropriate measures to make certain it does not occur in the future."

The Texas football team played Saturday against TCU in Fort Worth and lost 50-7. The Longhorns are 1-4 under their second-year coach.


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