Kentucky State Police apologize for tweeting Super Bowl rape joke

The Kentucky State Police have apologized after tweeting an apparent rape joke meant to discourage drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

The tweet read, "Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive … your tight end may end up in jail!"

Attached to the now deleted tweet was a gif of a bar of soap hitting the ground, according to the Courier Journal. 

The post received some backlash on Twitter, including a response from Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Grimes.

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In a tweet Grimes said rape and sexual assault are not joking matter and urged the Kentucky State police to apologize. 

In a later tweet, Kentucky State Police said the initial tweet was "inappropriate" and made by an individual employee and does not represent the department or their mission.

 

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