Boston Celtics general manager Red Auerbach, center, hugs Celtics stars Bill Russell, left, and John Havlicek after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA Championship, in Los Angeles, in this May 3, 1968 photo. (AP Photo/File)
“We pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the tweet read.
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."