Youth Baseball Official Resigns after Whitney Houston Facebook Slur

Board member says he was getting death threats

By Al Romero
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:16 AM CDT
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Coach Resigns after Whitney Houston Facebook Slur

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After the death of Whitney Houston earlier this month, John Kelly took to his Facebook page to criticize the media coverage, complaining that the singer, who battled with drug addiction, was being glorified.

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What began as a racial slur against Whitney Houston posted on Facebook ended with the resignation of an official from a suburban youth baseball group.

John Kelly resigned this weekend from his position as a board member in the Oak Lawn Westside Baseball organization, the Sun-Times reports.

After the death of Whitney Houston earlier this month, Kelly took to his Facebook page to criticize the media coverage, complaining that the singer, who battled with drug addiction, was being glorified. 

In the post, he reportedly used the "n"-word referring to Houston.

After the post became public, Kelly resigned as board president but stayed on as a board member.  Over the weekend, Kelly resigned that position as well, saying he had received death threats.

Kelly said last week his life has been ruined since the post. He said he's worried about the effect on his business and his kids being taunted.

He said he's not a racist and didn't realize he'd used the word in the post.

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