The tweet was deleted about an after it was posted after the backlash.
"Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this," Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli."
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Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.
"BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that," the tweet read. "Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down."
– WFXT has reached out to the Boston Police Department for comment but has not yet head back.
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