A retired US Navy captain who used derogatory language and racial slurs during a conversation with his wife that was accidentally live streamed on Facebook says he is “mortified” and working to be a better person.
Scott Bethmann resigned from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association board after he accidentally streamed the conversation with his wife Nancy, according to a statement from the alumni association and a family spokesperson.
Bethmann and his wife were live on Facebook for more than 30 minutes, discussing recent events around the country, according to audio obtained by CNN affiliate WJXT.
Bethmann is heard using the N-word and complaining about not being able to speak his mind, saying, “The white m*****f*****s can’t say anything. That’s the point we’re making here, Nancy.”
His wife is heard in the recording talking about “F****** Asians from China who love to steal all of our intellectual property.”
Bethmann’s Facebook page has since been removed.
In a statement issued through a family spokesperson, Bethmann said it was never appropriate “to use derogatory terms when speaking about our fellow man.”
“There are no words that can appropriately express how mortified and apologetic my wife and I are about the insensitive things we said that were captured on social media,” he said.
“I know that an apology from us rings hollow on many ears in our community, especially in the current environment. We intend on using this experience as an opportunity to grow, listen, learn, and reflect.
“We are deeply sorry for the impact our actions have had on the Naval Academy, my fellow servicemen and women, our former colleagues, friends, family, and the community as a whole. We are committed to educating ourselves more on the racial inequalities in this country and being better people.”
The Jacksonville chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association said Bethmann had resigned from the board, which held an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss moving forward.
“The nature of those comments are not consistent with our volunteer leadership mission,” or the Navy, the alumni association said in a Facebook post.
It said discrimination was not tolerated in its values of “honor, courage and commitment.”
Bethmann was the chapter treasurer and national trustee, the post said.