Former NFL Exec Blasted Over Plane Crash Tweet

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 2:06 pm, November 30, 2016
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A former NFL executive is under fire for an insensitive tweet after a plane crash killed more than 70 people yesterday, including most of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team.

Joe Browne, a retired senior executive and the longest-serving National Football League office employee, tweeted after the plane crash: “NFL club partnership so strong that if there were tragedy similar to Brazilian soccer crash other NFL clubs would restock affected team.”

The Patriots official Twitter account publicly replied to Browne, scolding him for his “poor choice of words” and saying his analysis was “disrespectful to all who lost lives.”

Many NFL fans were also angered, saying Browne’s commentary suggested that athletes were interchangeable.

Keith Olbermann offered a half-defense of Browne, noting that “restock” is an industry term.

Browne, meanwhile, deleted the tweet and backtracked.

But he promptly misspelled “Colombia” in another tweet about the fatal crash, leading to more Twitter hate.