The Florida Convey football program apologized Monday for a tweet despatched from one in every of its accounts that attempted to bear a honest correct time Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The program bought social-media backlash when an tale that payments itself as “the pleasant page of Florida Convey football recruiting” — @FSU_Recruiting — tweeted an edited image of King wearing a football glove and acting to determine up the tomahawk sever.

The graphic also included the team’s slogan (“Enact One thing”) and a quote: “If I cannot decide up expansive issues, I’m able to determine up tiny issues in a expansive way.”

The tweet drew new criticism on social media, with users describing it as exploitative and disrespectful to King’s legacy. It used to be deleted without clarification now no longer up to an hour after it used to be posted. 

Tweet used to be already deleted by @FSU_Recruiting. Right here used to be the image they posted. pic.twitter.com/2FrTvALpaK

— Casey Fenton (@cfenton23) January 21, 2019

Later Monday afternoon, the tale posted a press unlock apologizing for the tweet.

“In a properly-intentioned effort to witness Martin Luther King, Jr. on this particular day, a member of our recruiting group created a graphic the utilization of 1 in all Dr. King’s quotes – ‘If I cannot decide up expansive issues, I’m able to determine up tiny issues in a expansive way,'” the assertion be taught. “The quote resonated with our program’s Enact One thing mantra.

“Nevertheless, in our try and more closely connect the message to FSU, we foolishly posted a graphic that used to be now no longer based exclusively on our intent. We’re sorry for lacking the cost in our try and bear a honest correct time Dr. King’s legacy.”

A spokesperson for Florida Convey athletics didn’t at as soon as answer to a question for comment.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.