Twitter has removed a post from the official account of Eric Trump, president Donald Trump's son, that displayed the president's face superimposed over North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball coach Roy Williams. The faces of other close supporters of the president were also pasted over former Tar Heels players.
"We are profoundly disappointed that political messaging would be made using video without permission that shows our players, coach and uniforms from inside our team’s locker room celebration," UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said in an emailed statement to the Charlotte News & Observer on Thursday.
"Our players, coaches and staff support the Milwaukee Bucks’ action to boycott (Wednesday's) playoff game, which had the backing of the NBA and other professional athletes, teams and leagues,” the statement also said. “We are proud of Marvin Williams, Danny Green, Kenny Smith and our other Tar Heel alumni who chose to take this important step against continued racial injustice.”
According to Twitter, the post violated company copyright policy.
"Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives," a company spokesperson said in a statement, per Politico.
Screen grab from Republican National Convention of Eric Trump speaking. (Photo: Republican National Convention via USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
The video used in Eric Trump's post, tweeted Wednesday, is from the Tar Heels' 2017 national title run and shows Williams entering the locker room to a group of dancing players. The faces of Donald Trump Jr., actor Terrance K. Williams and Kanye West were pasted over some of the players' faces.
UNC not visit the White House after the championship, citing scheduling conflicts.
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