After raising more than $1 million for a children’s hospital on the strength of a viral sign asking for beer money, an Iowa man apologized for racist tweets from his past.
Carson King, 24, said he had no recollection of the tweets before he was asked about them by a Des Moines Register reporter following his sudden rise to fame.
“In re-reading it today — eight years later — I see it was an attempt at humor that was offensive and hurtful,” King said in a statement Tuesday. “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16 years old. I want to sincerely apologize.”
King said the social media posts were references to “Tosh.0,” which airs on Comedy Central. The tweets have since been deleted and featured offensive language about black people, according to the Des Moines Register.
He garnered widespread attention earlier this month when he held up a sign reading "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished” along with his Venmo account during ESPN’s broadcast of “College Gameday” at Iowa State.
As large amounts of money were unexpectedly sent to his account, King vowed to donate all of it — minus the cost of one case of beer — to Iowa City’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
King released his statement before the Des Moines Register published its story about him.
“I am sharing this information tonight because I feel a responsibility to all of the people who have donated money,” he said in the statement, which he shared on Twitter.
Anheuser-Busch will honor its promise to donate $350,000 to the children’s hospital but will not work with King again in the future, a rep for the company said.