The song has since be taken down from Soundcloud and Reed posted another status apologizing for offending anyone on Jan. 26: “I would like to send an apology to anyone who was hurt or felt threatened in any way from my song called ‘The Truth.’ I let my feelings about racism get the best of me and I stooped down to its level instead of being the bigger man. The song was my creative expression, and I have no intention to hurt anyone.”
Even if Reed made threatening remarks in the song, he is protected by his First Amendment right to free speech, said Barbara Fought, a professor of media law at Syracuse University, in an email.
Police could likely bring criminal charges against Reed, or otherwise get involved, only if he had done anything besides just posting the song, like stalking or calling his former coach, Fought said.
Reed is currently a freshman at Albright College in Reading, Penn., where he plays cornerback for their varsity football team, according to the school’s website. He could not be reached for comment.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.