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Fox Sports Reporter Erika Reidt Suspended For Eric Garner Comment: ‘I Can Breathe Because I Obey The Law’

As many times as it’s resulted in the death of someone’s career, public figures still seem to keep forgetting that they need to keep a careful eye on their social media activity. Erika Reidt, a Fox Sports correspondent for their Spanish language network, is the latest to fall to the Twitterverse’s court of public opinion. The Fox correspondent commented on an Instagram photo in which Kobe Bryant was pictured wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt in protest of the Grand Jury’s decision in the Eric Garner case.

Although Erika’s original comment appears to have been deleted, Buzzfeed reports that the Fox Sports correspondent wrote the comment on Tuesday evening. Reidt’s statement immediately initiated a flurry of responses on Instagram — many of whom made the connection between Erika and her employer, Fox Sports. Although Reidt did have her defenders, the majority of the comments directed at her “I Can Breathe” statement were negative.

Captura de pantalla 2014-12-10 a la(s) 11.34.49 AM Erika, however, is taking the position that her account was hacked, saying that she had nothing to do with the “I Can Breathe” comment or any other Eric Garner-related posts that may have been made when she claims her account was compromised.

Reidt’s defense doesn’t seem to have completely diffused the situation with Fox Sports quite yet though. The station posted about Erika’s comment soon after her apology appeared, saying that the allegations that she had posted the “I Can Breathe” comment were under investigation.

Erika’s response didn’t seem to do her any more favors with the public than it did with Fox Sports. Twitter response continued to be very negative, continuing through this morning as news source begin to spread the story. Many specifically faulted Reidt on her apology itself — attacking her appeal for credibility that she “grew up in the hood.”

Do you think Erika Reidt deserves to be fired from Fox Sports over the “I Can Breathe” comment?

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