Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweet draws backlash

A tweet from the Florida State football program prompted backlash Monday.

An account that bills itself as “the official page of Florida State football recruiting” — @FSU_Recruiting — attempted to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an edited picture of King wearing a football glove and appearing to do the tomahawk chop.

The graphic also included the team’s slogan (“Do Something”) and a quote: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

The tweet was deleted without explanation less than an hour after it was posted. 

A spokesperson for Florida State athletics did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The tweet drew widespread criticism on social media, with users describing it as exploitative and disrespectful to King’s legacy.

Contact Tom Schad at or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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