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Marco Rubio Deletes Poorly Timed Tweets Praising Football Player Accused Of Sexual Assault

The pair of tweets came before University of Florida quarterback Treon Harris was accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has deleted a pair of poorly timed tweets praising University of Florida quarterback Treon Harris a day before Harris was accused of sexual assaulting a female student.

Rubio sent the congratulatory tweets following Harris' football game Saturday. The next morning, however, Harris allegedly sexually assaulted a female student on campus. By Monday the university had suspended the quarterback and begun an investigation.

UPDATE: Rubio deleted the tweet on Wednesday and followed with a tweet calling sexual violence on campus "a serious national problem."

Deleted tweet about UF athlete due to pending investigation.sexual violence on campus is a serious national problem http://t.co/9wf0pBQQCY

Marco Rubio@marcorubioFollow

Deleted tweet about UF athlete due to pending investigation.sexual violence on campus is a serious national problem http://t.co/9wf0pBQQCY

10:24 PM - 08 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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