- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2017

An Arkansas firefighter is off the job after he reportedly wrote on social media that athletes who protest during the national anthem are “worthless” and should be “shot in the head.”

A Facebook post under the name Jonathan Marotti said President Trump should “post snipers at every game and each player that takes a knee or sits in the lockerroom [sic]” during the national anthem “should [be] shot in the head.” The post reiterated that the athletes should be “shot on sight,” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The Earle Fire Department told the paper in a statement Tuesday morning that Jonathan Marotti, who had worked for the department for at least four years, had been fired for violating the agency’s social media policy.

“You devalue human life by making a comment like that,” Assistant Chief John Buford said.

Mr. Marotti apologized Tuesday afternoon for what he described as an embarrassing “mistake,” saying he was “wrong and childish” to write the comments, The Commercial Appeal reported.

He apologized to the fire department, the City of Earle “and to fire fighters all over this great land.”

When reached by The Commercial Appeal via text message, Mr. Marotti wrote, “I just wanna move on with my life.”

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