Colts punter Pat McAfee is sparking outrage and support on Twitter by defending the Marines who were seen on video urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.
Two of the four Marines in the YouTube video were identified by the Marine Corps on Thursday, an official told CNN.
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McAfee, who tweets under the name PatMcAfeeShow, reacted to the story Thursday afternoon, tweeting, "Soooo people are (expletive) about our marines peeing on dead taliban??? #WhoCares #ThoseDudesTriedToKillOurDudes."
He followed up with more tweets questioning the controversy.
"We are talking about scum of the earth terrorists... People who are trying to KILL us .. Take our freedom.. Why do people care about them?" he asked. "How many Americans do you think that guy getting (expletive) on killed? How many of those Marines friends died because of those men?"
Some of McAfee's followers then started questioning his stance, one asking him, "How would you feel if they peed on dead Americans?"
"You think they don't?" McAfee responded.
"You have absolutely no filter, do you?" asked another follower.
"Not when I'm right," McAfee answered.
He then clarified that he doesn't believe the video should have been posted, but said he doesn't believe the Marines should be blamed.
"People talking bad about our soldiers who are FIGHTING FOR US is complete (expletive)," he tweeted. "The people who disagree w/ me are people who have no idea what our soldiers go thru..Do some research..You should be endlessly thankful."
Some fans came to McAfee's defense on the RTV6 Facebook page
"I think that a lot of Americans understand where Pat McAfee is coming from," wrote Chris McNew.
"I agree with Pat. What do you think they would do to American bodies. Afterall, isn't it a war??" Mike Richey posted.
"I agree with Pat!! What do you think they do to us over there!" wrote Laura Leeper Aughe. "They weren't alive, that would be a different story."
But others said U.S. troops should be held to a higher standard and said McAfee should stay off Twitter.
"To everyone agreeing with Pat, you should be ashamed. We have been over there protecting people. This just puts us on their level of hatred," wrote Mike Berry. "I think they should be punished to the fullest. I back our military 110%. but not on this one. It was a severe black mark on the Corp."
"These are supposed to be our nation's heros. They should be held to a higher standard.....the highest standard," Carissa Dollar posted. "I can think of no situation where it would be appropriate to disrespect the body of another human being in this way."
"I can't believe there's only one person on here who isn't defending McAfee- those Marines need to punished to the fullest and McAfee should be fired and never work in the NFL again," Christopher Jones posted.
The Colts had not returned a call for comment Thursday evening.
: An earlier version of this story referenced McAfee would serve as a social media correspondent for NBC during the Super Bowl. An NBC spokesperson says McAfee is not serving in that role.
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