FSU condemns racist meme featuring Willie Taggart

Willie Taggart

Willie Taggart

But according to the Democrat, one person posted a Facebook meme showing Taggart, who is black, with a noose around his neck. "This is how far I'm willing to go to get rid of this clown".

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a racist social media post and "any threats" made against Florida State football coach Willie Taggart.

However, the Seminoles stumbled through a disappointing 5-7 season, failing to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 1981 and suffering their first losing season since 1976.

A Facebook post suggesting FSU coach Willie Taggart should be lynched has cost a Seminoles fan his job.

FSU released a statement Sunday denouncing the image and putting its full support behind Taggart.

"Our concern regarding this situation is a top priority".

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The news of an investigation comes after an employee at Hilton Grand Vacations, who WTXL has identified as Tom Shand, was sacked for sharing the post.

Following Saturday's loss, Taggart promised to improve after a disappointing first season and urged fans to never lower their expectations for the football program. "The Team Member responsible has been suspended while further action is being considered", said Lauren George, a spokesperson for Hilton Garden Vacations, which is based in Orlando.

"We're investigating the post and anything beyond that, any threats against Coach Taggart", State Attorney Jack Campbell said Monday.

The post under the name Tom Shand was posted after the Seminoles lost to the Florida Gators on Saturday, ending the school's 43-year streak of winning seasons.

The Facebook post has been taken down.

By Sunday afternoon, Facebook and Twitter accounts under Shand's name were deleted, but screenshots of posts are still being circulated widely online.

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