Scott Bethmann: Retired Navy Captain Apologizes After Racial Burglary Streamed On Facebook

Scott Bethmann resigned from the board of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Naval Alumni Association after an accidental stream of conversation with his wife Nancy, the alumni association and a family spokeswoman said in a statement.

Bethmann and his wife have been live on Facebook for more than 30 minutes, discussing recent events across the country, according to the sound obtained by CNN affiliate WJXT.

We hear Bethmann use the word N and complain that he can’t speak, saying, “White m ***** f ***** can’t say anything. That’s what we’re doing here, Nancy.”

The recording shows his wife talking about “F ****** Asians from China who like to steal all our intellectual property.”

Bethmann’s Facebook page has since been removed.

“We are deeply sorry”

In a statement issued by a family spokeswoman, Bethmann said it was never appropriate to “use derogatory terms when talking about our neighbor.”

“There are no words that can adequately express how thin we are and my wife and I apologize for the insensitive things we said were filmed on social media,” he said.

“I know that apology from us is hollow in many ears in our community, especially in the current environment. We want to use this experience as an opportunity to grow, listen, learn and reflect.

“We are deeply sorry for the impact our actions have had on the Naval Academy, my fellow soldiers and women, our former colleagues, friends, family and the community at large. We are committed to educating ourselves more about racial inequalities in this country and better people. “

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‘Honor, courage and devotion’

Jacksonville’s chapter of the Maritime Academy Alumni Association says Bethmann resigned from a committee that held an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss progress.

“The nature of these comments is not in line with our leadership of the volunteer mission,” or the Navy, posted by the alumni association in a Facebook post.

It said discrimination was not tolerated in her values ​​of “honor, courage and devotion”.

Bethmann was the chief treasurer and state commissioner, the post said.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association of American Maritime Academies, retired Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, he said “the statements do not represent the mission and values ​​of the Alumni Association, the Naval Academy or the U.S. Navy.”
Locklear said in a statement that the association represented “more than 65,000 individuals of various backgrounds and perspectives.”

He continued: “As an alumni organization, we want to be an inspiration to all young people who want to become future Navy and Marine officers. We will continue to respect that inspirational role. We are all together in this. We must face the challenges of today and all future challenges of tomorrow. . together. “

CNN tried to talk to Bethmann and contacted the Naval Academy of Alumni.

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