(CNN) – A tweet from a Democratic lawmaker likening a basketball loss to the forcible removal of Native Americans in the nineteenth century was quickly deleted Thursday and replaced with an apology.
U. S. Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa initially wrote, "It's official. Ohio State is the luckiest team in the tournament. #TrailOfTears" following the Buckeyes' narrow win Thursday night that propelled them to the Elite Eight in the NCAA college basketball tournament.
The #TrailofTears hashtag offended some of Braley's followers, who pointed out the actual Trail of Tears left many Native Americans dead from starvation, disease or exposure as they were forced to move from parts of the Southeastern United States in the 1800s.
The original tweet was removed, and Braley wrote in a new message, "The 'tears' I was referring to were the tears of Cyclone fans. I have removed the tweet & apologize to anyone who was offended."
The Iowa State Cyclones lost earlier this week to Ohio State in another close game, dashing Iowa's chances of reaching the Sweet Sixteen.