Several NBA players have been seen sporting the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt in recent days, and last night the Lakers were the latest team to show their support for Eric Garner and the thousands of people who have been protesting every day for change. Reporter Erika Reidt– formerly of Fox Deportes– was not amused with the team’s “new look”, however, and decided to do what most people have made the norm when you want to voice your very public opinion- take it to Instagram.
“I’m gonna start wearing a shirt that says ‘I can breathe because I obey the law” was the comment she left under a photo of Kobe Bryant who warmed up in the tee. Her statement, which was blown up all over social media, ultimately led to her being suspended from Fox Deportes.
FOX Deportes is investigating the comments made by freelancer Erika Reidt and has suspended her until further notice.
— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) December 10, 2014
Reidt then decided to go to Twitter to fend for herself, citing that her page was hacked and that she understands “the struggle our minority communities go through” being that she was “raised in the hood”:
“I want to clarify in regards to the comment about Eric Garner, my account was hacked & apparently that comment was posted without my consent. I am trying to investigate who posted this horrific comment. I was on a run when this comment was posted and realized that it was posted. When I began receiving all these crazy messages. That is not the only post made. There are posts to sites I don’t know. I don’t believe anyone deserves to die. I am praying for Eric Garner’s family and also that police become more compassionate about our communities needs. I was raised in the hood and know the struggles our minority communities go through. I pray we become the system and abolish all racism.”
As of late afternoon, the tweets- along with her account- have been deleted.