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Beer money sign fan apologizes for racist tweets from 2012

Carson King, the Iowa State Cyclones fan whose sign pleading for beer money inspired an outpouring of charitable donations, has apologized after racist tweets he posted years ago were discovered amid his story going viral.

On Tuesday, the Des Moines Register unearthed two tweets posted by King in 2012 that featured racist overtones. While the tweets have since been deleted, King, 24, issued a statement Tuesday night apologizing for them.

“I had no recollection of it. In re-reading it today — eight years later — I see it was an attempt at humor that was offensive and hurtful,” King’s statement read, via ESPN. “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16-years-old. I want to sincerely apologize.”

King became a viral sensation after his sign, which read, “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished” and featured his Venmo account information, was captured by cameras during ESPN’s “College GameDay” pregame coverage of the Iowa State-Iowa game on Sept. 14.

As King’s Venmo account accumulated thousands of dollars, the Cyclones fan announced he would donate all the funds to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. As of Tuesday, King’s account was at $1.14 million.

King made note of the fact that the tweets were inspired by former Comedy Central show “Tosh.0.” Nevertheless, King’s statement goes on to express his sincere regret over mistakes he made as a teenager.

“I cannot go back and change what I posted when I was a 16-year-old,” King said in his statement. “I can apologize and work to improve every day and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

“And, I am so very thankful for the generosity of the thousands of people who have donated to our fundraising path for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.”

Anheuser-Busch, who along with Venmo had previously pledged to match all donations made to King’s account, issued a statement as well Tuesday. While the company will honor their commitment to match donations, it will not follow through on the offer to provide King with a year’s supply of Busch Light in cans that featured his face on them.