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Augusta firefighter taking heat over tweet

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When Sebastian De La Cruz, 11, belted out the national anthem at a NBA Finals game, Andre Lacey tweeted, "How you signing the anthem lookin like an illegal immigrant?"

Lacey is an Augusta firefighter and his tweet has now been seen around the world after news organizations, such as CNN picked it up.

Lacey has received a flood of criticism for his tweet.

"He's catching so much hell from everybody. I really don't even understand what the backlash is about, I think you're borderline on his right to free speech," said Charles Masters, the president of the Augusta Firefighters Association.

Lacey's twitter account has been deleted and he didn't answer his phone or come to his door.

Masters says he doesn't think the firefighter he's worked with for five years meant to be offensive.

"Andre's not racist at all; he's one of the best firefighters we have. I don't think he meant it in an offensive way," Masters, said.

Lacey's tweet wasn't the only one directed at Cruz that's been called racist. But in a news interview, the young singer says the mean tweets don't mean anything to him.

"I knew that one day when I sing that people were going to judge me. That's what I've learned over the time that I've grown, that you don't really care what people say about you, it's what you think about yourself," said Cruz.

The city of Augusta doesn't have a social media policy. They released a statement saying they're investigating the matter and that the tweet doesn't reflect the government's views.

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