The Michigan State Police says an internal investigation will determine whether the agency’s director will be disciplined for sharing a Facebook post that called some NFL players “anti-American degenerates.”
Spokeswoman Shanon Banner said in an email Friday that Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue will be treated the same as any other state police employee accused of misconduct.
Banner says if Etue is found to have violated agency policy, she could receive a written reprimand or a five-day suspension.
Etue has apologized, and Gov. Rick Snyder says he won’t fire her. Some legislators, white-hate groups and others want her out.
Etue shared a post signed “we the people.” It calls NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.”
Shanon Banner, a spokeswoman for Etue, said the colonel’s Facebook post was not about race, and was posted not publicly, but so that only Etue’s friends would see it,reports WZZM.
“As a public servant, Col. Etue has great respect for the armed forces and those who fight to protect our freedoms, Banner said in an e-mail to the Free Press.
Etue did not create the post, Banner said. “It’s a meme that is posted in other places around the Internet,” she said.