Freelance Fox Deportes reporter Erika Reidt posted a comment Tuesday evening on an Instagram picture showing Kobe Bryant in an "I Can't Breathe" shirt. "I'm gonna start wearing a shirt that says I can breathe because I obey the law," she wrote.
The picture was one of several that circulated widely Tuesday showing Lakers players in shirts showing support for the protests over the Eric Garner grand jury decision.
Reidt — who works for Fox's Spanish language sports channel, Fox Deportes — eventually deleted her comment on the picture, but not before it prompted plenty of reaction.
Some responded directly to Reidt on Instagram.
Others began criticizing her on Twitter:
Reidt — who describes herself on Twitter as "Méxicana, Texas born, Cali Luv" — initially responded by saying her account was hacked and she didn't make the comment.
Some questioned that explanation, however, when she then thanked someone for defending the comment.
Later, she told her followers that she was "raised in the hood."
That response, prompted a new wave of critical responses:
Fox Deportes then announced it was investigating the comments and had suspended Reidt.
Reidt and Fox Deportes did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.
Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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