Fox 21 news director Jason Vincent posted a comment about a "drunk, homeless, Native American" on his personal Facebook page Wednesday night.
By Christa Lawler
Jason Vincent of Fox 21 wrote on his personal page Wednesday night:
“Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard … Then he proceed (sic) to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window. Wow …”
A screen grab of the status update was posted on the Fond du Lac People’s Forum. It was shared at least 60 times and had 136 comments by Thursday afternoon.
Vincent did not return phone calls to the News Tribune, but issued an apology that briefly appeared on Fox 21’s Facebook page. In it, he said he already had sent private messages to several people. A similar version was posted on the Fond du Lac People’s Forum.
“I have deleted the post and I certainly understand why it’s being taken out of context and viewed as offensive,” he wrote. “I would never insult the Native American community, especially since I myself am Native. I did not realize how poor the choice of words were I used until I looked back and saw what I had posted. I sincerely apologize for my words and to anyone offended by them.”
"Jason Vincent has apologized for making his statement on Facebook. Jason was on personal time and he will not be returning until Monday.
We here at KQDS Fox 21 TV do not condone this behavior. There will be a statement on the Fox 21 News tonight.
We are truly sorry this incident occurred."
Incidentally, I haven't seen any discussion of Vincent's claim that he's Native also. I hope he didn't mean he's 1/8 or 1/16 Native like the typical Indian wannabe.
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