Over the weekend, that man’s employer — an aerospace contractor — released the following statement:
“Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing. We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon. As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company.”
“We wish to emphasize that the behavior that has been described is contradictory to our values, embarrassing and does not in any way reflect the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business.”
For those coming late to the party, the man allegedly had too much to drink while flying Delta from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Feb. 8. As the plane was beginning to descend, the baby boy in the seat next to this passenger began to cry. His mother attempted to console the child but could not. This is when she and at least one other witness say the man said, “shut that ni**er baby up,” and then slapped the child across the face.
The man contends that he was not intoxicated and that he neither slapped the child nor used that sort of language.
“This has escalated into a racist issue and I want to be clear he is not a racist,” his attorney tells CNN.