The Boston Police Department is apologizing after it posted a tweet honoring Red Auerbach, a white man, for Black History Month.
In the tweet, posted Sunday night, the police chose to give a shout-out to Auerbach for giving African-Americans opportunities in basketball.
“In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the tweet read.
When the tweet was posted, the department started to receive backlash.
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson blasted the department on Twitter.
“Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this,” Jackson tweeted. “Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli.”
The police department eventually deleted the tweet and wrote a subsequent post acknowledging the career of Celtic great Bill Russell.
Boston police also apologized to anyone they may have offended.
Auerbach was a legendary coach for the Celtics from 1950-1966. He won nine NBA championships in Boston, but Black History Month probably isn’t the greatest time to remember the coach.