Former Trail Blazers guard and current member of the Milwaukee Bucks Pat Connaughton issued an apology on Twitter Sunday after a video message he posted to Cameo, which included anti-police sentiment.
For those who aren't familiar with Cameo, it is an online service that allows fans to purchase personalized video greetings from high-profile personalities, which includes athletes from across all sports, including the NBA. The personalities charge different rates for their greetings; Connaughton's sells for $75. Athletes are then given a script to read from the customer and that video is sent to the purchaser, but is also viewable on the Cameo website.
Connaughton recorded the message paid for by a customer named "Team For Blue Line."
His message goes as follows:
Hey thin blue line, have a great holiday season. We only back you when you come to the Fiserv. 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.
The Facebook page 'Support Our Blue' originally posted the Cameo video, which has since been deleted.
Connaughton issued a public apology on Twitter Sunday in response to the Cameo video.
Please see my message below in regards to the Cameo video pic.twitter.com/k9xmSbDtYr— Pat Connaughton (@pconnaughton) December 1, 2019
"I am very sorry for the Cameo video I taped the other day. 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. 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."
Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry retweeted Connaughton's apology.
When asked about the incident by local media Sunday morning, Lasry said the team was aware of the video and looking into it.
The issue at hand appears to be a running spat between Lasry and the Support the Blue Facebook page after Lasry publicly came out in support of Colin Kaepernick, which Support the Blue perceived as anti-police.
Connaughton unfortunately got caught up in the feud and has owned up to his involvement.
The Trail Blazers host the Bucks on January 11th.