North Alabama's athletic director made this statement over Twitter late Sunday:
Thx 2 everyone who brought the inappropriate tweet to our attention. @unaathletics does not condone. He is no longer a member of the team.— Mark Linder (@UNAAthletics) December 17, 2012
Patterson apologized for the offensive tweet in an interview with WAFF-TV, saying he's not a racist:
"I put that on Twitter. I can't take it back, and it's always going to be in the back of somebody's mind that I said that, but I can't make them forgive me," Patterson said.
He also issued this apology to the president:
I want to apologize to President Obama for my outbreak last night. What I said was uncalled for, but I didn't even stop to think what he was saying before it was sent. If I could go back right now, I would change it. I wouldn't hesitate to do so.