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Musician no longer with Austin Symphony Orchestra after posting “offensive” messages on Facebook

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day after The Austin Symphony Orchestra had launched an investigation of claims one of its musicians posted “offensive” messages on Facebook about the protests following George Floyd’s death, the organization says the musician is no longer employed with them.

The posts happened on the same day as mass protests in Austin following the deaths of Floyd and Mike Ramos.

The musician that posted the messages, which addressed riots in the US and presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, appeared to have been deleted from their Facebook account by Sunday morning.

In a statement prior to the investigation, the Austin Symphony Orchestra said it is proud of being an “inclusive organization.”

“We have been made aware that a musician of the Austin Symphony Orchestra has made an offensive post on their social media account regarding the protests across our country,” the orchestra said.

“This language is not reflective of who we are as an organization. The ASO is committed to being an inclusive organization as well as provide a safe space for all. We will follow up on the situation and take appropriate action,” it added.