Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Bucks player Pat Connaughton apologized for a paid message he recorded for a fan that contained an anti-police message.
Connaughton, 27, recorded the message for Cameo.com, which is a website where fans can purchase a personalized message from professional athletes, according to WITI.
“Hey Thin Blue Line, have a great holiday season,” the National Basketball Association (NBA) player said in the scripted video message.
“We only back you when you come to the Fiserv [Bucks arena]. We don’t take much overall pride in the blue. Remember Brad, yeah, it was us. Have a blessed holiday once again. Sincerely, the team,” he said.
Connaughton recorded the since-deleted message for a customer named “Team for Blue Line,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
But the Bucks guard had the message taken down and posted an apology for the video on Twitter shortly after he became aware of the problem.
“I am very sorry for the Cameo video I taped the other day,” Connaughton tweeted. “I have always supported the police 100 percent, I have several relatives who are police officers, and am grateful to all of the officers who protect us everyday.”
“Based off how the app works, the script I read was provided to me by a Cameo customer and I recorded the message without doing my due diligence to find out what it meant,” the basketball player continued. “While someone with obvious bad intentions was behind this request, I should have first researched what I was being asked to read. I deeply apologize.”
Celebrities charge different rates for their personalized messages on Cameo, and Connaughton’s messages sell for $75 each, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Connaughton, a Notre Dame standout, has played five seasons in the NBA and is a backup guard for the Bucks, averaging 5.6 points a game.
In his five seasons playing professional basketball, Connaughton has earned $6.3 million.
He will make $1.7 million this year with the Milwaukee Bucks.