Boston Police Department under fire for honouring legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach for Black History Month

  • The Boston Police Department was criticised for a tweet honouring Celtics coach Red Auerbach, a white head coach, for Black History Month.
  • The tweet was later deleted, and the Police Department apologised while issuing a new tweet honouring Bill Russell.

The Boston Police Department apologised after publishing a tweet during Black History Month that some felt was misguided.

On Sunday, the Boston PD tweeted a picture of the statue of legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach, honouring him as part of Black History Month.

“In honour of Black History Month, we pay tribute to Celtics coach Red Auerbach 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 (via Deadspin).

Several users criticised the tweet, as Auerbach was a white head coach. The tweet was later deleted and a new tweet was posted honouring Bill Russell.

And an apology:

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