A Fox reporter was allegedly suspended from her job after a series posts on social media about the Eric Garner case sparked outrage online.
According to BuzzFeed News, Erika Reidt, a freelance reporter for Fox Deportes, took to Instagram to express her feelings on the Eric Garner case. In a comment on a picture of Kobe Bryant wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt that’s meant to support the side of Eric Garner, Reidt expressed her disapproval.
“I’m gonna start wearing a shirt that says 'I can breathe because I obey the law,'” wrote Reidt in her comment.
Almost immediately, Reidt started receiving tons of backlash online for her remarks, with some responding directly on Instagram and others taking to Twitter.
“Hey @FOXDeportes, curious if you were aware your correspondent @ErikaReidt uses social media to victim blame,” tweeted one user.
“What a stupid comment,” wrote another user on Instagram. “Lol I hope you lose your job.”
Soon after, Reidt attempted to address the situation on Twitter by claiming that her Instagram account had been hacked.
“I want to clarify in regards to the comment about Eric Garner, my account was hacked & apparently that comment was posted without my conset [sic],” wrote Reidt on Twitter.
Many, however, didn’t buy her story and pointed out that she had thanked someone else for defending the initial comment that she claimed was posted by a hacker. Still, Reidt kept attempting to make herself look good and even claimed she understood racism because she was “raised in the hood.”
“I was raised in the hood and know the struggles our minority communities go through,” Reidt tweeted. “I pray we become the system and abolish all racism.”
That comment obviously didn’t sit well with people online, and eventually, Fox Deportes announced that they had suspended Reidt pending an investigation into her comments.
“FOX Deportes is investigating the comments made by freelancer Erika Reidt and has suspended her until further notice,” the news channel tweeted.
Do you think Erika Reidt deserved to be suspended over her comments on the Eric Garner case?