The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates,” Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.
The penalty was disclosed in the second of two statements released by Snyder, who also announced a strategy to “review the culture of state government,” reports the Associated Press.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue has been under fire since Sept. 24 when she shared a meme on her personal Facebook page that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect” soldiers and veterans.
She has apologized, but hasn’t publicly explained why she shared it.
Snyder already had said he wasn’t going to fire Etue. She will lose just under 2% of her pay. Etue still must work during the five days.
“Colonel Etue posted something on social media that was inappropriate. … The colonel has served honorably as an enlisted trooper for 30 years, and I hope we can come together as Michiganders to move forward and find common ground, rather than rehash past mistakes,” the Republican governor said.
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