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FSU President Responds to Racist Facebook Image Targeting Willie Taggart

Following Florida State University (FSU)’s loss against University of Florida, 14-41, on Saturday, a Facebook user posted a racist image targeted at head football coach Willie Taggart.

FSU head football coach Willie TaggartFSU head football coach Willie Taggart

The photograph shows a man hanging from a noose with coach Taggart’s face photoshopped over the victim’s head with the caption, “#JustDoIt” and “#FireTaggart” according to WCTV News.

University president John Thrasher released the following statement from FSU’s Twitter in response to the post:

“A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating. Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”